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.
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