Blue Lake


Blue Lake, Rotorua Lakes.
Blue Lake, Rotorua Lakes

The Blue Lake (Tikitapu) is one of the closest lakes to Rotorua. Its clear blue waters are popular with water skiers, swimmers and boaties. An easy walking track circles the lake taking in beautiful beaches, native bush and the exotic conifers of Whakarewarewa Forest. There are good views over Blue Lake and the nearby Green Lake (Rotokakahi).


The beaches and surrounding grassed areas at the reserve are popular for picnics. Barbecue sites and rubbish bins are provided.

There is a boat ramp at the northern end of the lake, with ample parking.

Swimming is safe at the broad pumice sand beach. The water slide is popular with children. A lookout point on the south-western corner provides views over Lakes Tikitapu and Rotokakahi.

Public toilets are provided at the beach at the reserve.


Blue Lake is 9 km south-east of Rotorua, via Te Ngae Road then Tarawera Road.

Places to stay

Accommodation is available at the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park, overlooking the lake on Tarawera Road.

Plan and prepare

Dogs, horses, vehicles (including bicycles and motorbikes), fires, removal of plants or animals, camping and hunting are not permitted in the scenic reserve.

Stop the spread of Rotorua pest fish brochure.
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Stop the spread and keep Rotorua lakes free of pest fish

Report any sightings of koi carp (3-70 cm) or catfish (3-40 cm). Other fish of particular concern are rudd and gambusia.

Get more information on these pest fish.

You can help by photographing any specimens caught and forwarding to your local DOC office and by following Check Clean Dry protocols.

Invasive species are a problem because they reduce water quality and can compete with native species and trout.

For further information, or to report suspicious fish, contact your local DOC office or phone 0800 DOC HOT.


Find out more


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Bay of Plenty places


Rotorua Office
Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
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