Lake Rotomā


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

7 - 8 March 2020 Jet Ski Racing ROTOMA

7 - 8 March 2020

Event / Who

Jetski Racing / Jet Ski Racing NZ


Set up 7 March. Event 8 March - 15.30 hours



Provisional Booking

11-12 Jan 2020 NZWSRA ROTOMA

Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 January 2020

Event / Who

Waterski Racing Event / NZWSRA (NZ Water Ski Racing Assn)


Saturday 0700 hrs - Sunday 1730 hrs /  Lake Closure


Public Notice with details (PDF, 183kb) 


Confirmed Booking

5-6 Feb 2020 Kiwanis OWS ROTOMA

5 -6 February 2020

Event / Who

Open Water Swim / Kiwanis 


1700 hours Wed 5 Feb - 1600 hours Thurs 6 Feb

Public Notice with all details (PDF, 429kb)


Water Ski Access Lane and Water Craft Area CLOSED TO PUBLIC during the above

Matahi Spit Boat Ramp REMAINS OPEN during the above


Confirmed Booking

There are no health warnings.
Recent Monitoring Results
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There are currently no health warnings for Rotomā
Water Quality
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