Blue Lake Track

Track category

Walking track


1.5hr circuit


5.5 km


Green Lake, Rotorua Lakes.
Views of Green Lake can be seen from
the Blue Lake Track

Part of Virtually on Track - Discover, Explore, Connect

Going in a clockwise direction, the track begins at the north-east end of the Lake. Head along the shore and follow the roadside section south, watching for oncoming traffic.

About a third of the way, the track enters the bush, following the lake until coming to a secluded beach at the south end. Head up the stairs to the car park and take a right to continue around the lake.

The track continues at this elevation heading north through Whakarewarewa Forest. The track slowly descends into native bush to the lake level and exits at the north-eastern side of the beach.

At the northern side of the lake is a boat ramp. The Blue Lake beaches and surrounding grassed areas are all popular for summer picnics. Facilities include toilets, rubbish bins, a children's playground, barbecues and swimming areas.

For longer excursions into the Redwoods and Whakarewarewa Forest, contact the Redwoods Gift Shop & Visitor Centre on Long Mile Rd, off Tarawera Rd, phone +64 7 350 0110 or see

Getting there

Tikitapu / Blue Lake is situated 9 km south-east of Rotorua, via Te Ngae Road then a right turn at the roundabout into Tarawera Road.

NZTM GPS coordinates for track entrance: x: 1,894,460 y: 5,771,162


Boating Boating
Dog walking Dog walking
Fishing Fishing
Kayaking and canoeing Kayaking and canoeing

Places to stay

The Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park on Tarawera Road overlooks the lake. The camp provides many facilities, including a shop and public telephone. Phone +64 7 362 8120.

Plan and prepare

You need to be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on the longer, day walks. Ensure you have strong comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen. It is also advisable to leave your tramping intentions with a responsible person, in case you get lost. 

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.


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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

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Rotorua Office
Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
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