Lake Tikitapu Scenic Reserve: Places to go in the Bay of Plenty region

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
Image: Nicole Portner Photography | Creative Commons


Located near Rotorua, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) is popular with water skiers, swimmers and boaties. You can follow an easy walking track that circles around the lake.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping


  • Toilets
  • Check clean dry
    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

Find things to do Lake Tikitapu Scenic Reserve

About track difficulties


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


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


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.

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    About this place

    Know before you go

    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.
    Stop the spread of Rotorua pest fish brochure (PDF, 1,110K)

    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.

    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 (0800 362 468).


    Rotorua Office
    Phone:   +64 7 349 7400
    Address:   99 Sala Street
    Rotorua 3010
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