Lake Rotomā

Content

Lake Rotomā

With a name that means ‘lake of exceptionally clear water,’ it’s no surprise Lake Rotomā has the best water quality of all the Rotorua lakes with water clarity of around 11 metres. This stunning, sparkling treasure is popular for picnics and play time, although the clarity of the water makes fly fishing more challenging – there’s a higher level of skill required to consistently catch fish!

The lake is home to rainbow trout as well as new hybrid dubbed ‘tiger trout,’ which has distinct tiger-like stripes. Rich in Māori history, four buoys near the centre of the lake mark a submerged pa (Māori village) site.

Out of the water, the one kilometre Rotomā Bridle Track (located about 40 kilometres northeast of Rotorua) is well known for its magnificent views of native bush, including towering rimu and tawa, and an understory of leafy hīnau, pukatea, fern and kohekohe.

While Lake Rotomā is the cleanest of the Te Arawa Lakes, an action plan is being implemented with a key action being sewerage reticulation (scheduled to be completed in 2018-2019). Phosphorus levels have also increased over recent years, and the phosphorus removed by reticulation is being evaluated to determine whether further reduction in phosphorus will be required from land use.

Current Lakes Closures / Events

12 - 13 January 2019

Event / Who

Blue Lake Multisport Festival, Rotorua Association of Triathletes

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA, NZWSRA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

5 - 6 February 2019

Event / Who

Open Water Swim, Kiwanis

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

There are no health warnings.
Recent Monitoring Results
Click here to view full test analysis
There are currently no health warnings for Rotomā
Water Quality
Recent Blue Green Algae
Monitoring Results
Click here to view latest test results

News & Events

Lake Rotorua science review completed

Lake Rotorua science review completed

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on track...

Read more >

Lake Ōkāreka update February 2019

Lake Ōkāreka update February 2019

The water level in Lake Ōkāreka is now well...

Read more >

Health warning lifted for Lake Okaro

Health warning lifted for Lake Okaro

Health warning lifted for Lake Okaro The...

Read more >

Progress on post-flood action plan for Ngongotahā

Progress on post-flood action plan for Ngongotahā

Joint Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty...

Read more >

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

Farmers from the Rerewhakaaitu community are...

Read more >

Lake Ōkāreka update

Lake Ōkāreka update

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has prepared a...

Read more >

Looking after our lakes

Cleaning up

Lake Rotorua

What we
are doing
to help

Who we 

Are