Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua 

With the city of Rotorua on its shores, Lake Rotorua is loved by locals and tourists alike. Surrounded by lush farmland, native bush and steaming geothermal springs and vents, the lake has a distinct dark green-yellow colour due to its high content of sulphur and other volcanic minerals. A fan of trout fishing? You’re in for a treat – Lake Rotorua is considered the most productive trout fishery in New Zealand.

Lake Rotorua is the largest lake in the district. Although beautiful and peaceful, this lake has a violent history – it was one of several large volcanoes in the region and was formed when an underlying magma chamber collapsed after a massive eruption around 200,000 years ago.

 

MOKOIA ISLAND

 

Mokoia Island, which sits in the centre of Lake Rotorua, is the most famous lake island in the country and linked to the love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai. It tells the tale of young chief Tutanekai and his high-born love, Hinemoa, whose family forbade her from marrying him. To stop the young lovers meeting, the family beach the couple’s waka (canoe) but in answer, Tutanekai plays his flute, the music wafting across Lake Rotorua every night. Overcome with love, Hinemoa swims to him, buoyed by gourds, only to find Tutanekai has returned to his whare (house) to sleep. Arriving at Mokoia Island naked, she’s unable to enter the village, so she immerses herself in a hot pool. Tutanekai’s slave arrives and Hinemoa lures him, smashes his gourd and sends him back to his master. An enraged Tutanekai investigates, only to fall into Hinemoa’s embrace.


Today, Mokoia Island is a sanctuary for endangered birds and wildlife.

Current Lakes Closures / Events

23-24 June 2022 Matariki ROTORUA Motutara boat ramp (Sulphur Pt)

Thursday 23 June - Friday 24 June 2022

Event 

Matariki Event

Time/Closure/Usage

1700 hrs Thursday - 0900 hrs Friday

Description

Hatupatu Drive will be closed allowing no access to Motutara boat ramp (Sulphur Point)

Lake users can access the other boat ramps: Reeme Rd, Hamurana, Hannahs Bay.

Confirmed Booking

24 June 2022 Hei Matau Paddlers ROTORUA (Hannahs Bay)

Saturday 24 June 2022

Event/Who

Rotohoe Series (Waka Ama) / He Matau Paddlers

Time/Usage

0700 - 1500 hours

Description

Waka Ama

Lake Usage Only NO CLOSURE

Confirmed Booking

23 July 2022 Hei Matau Paddlers ROTORUA (Kouramawhitiwhiti)

Saturday 23 July 2022

Event/Who

Rotohoe Series (Waka Ama) / He Matau Paddlers
Kouramawhitiwhiti (Rotorua Lakefront)

Time/Usage

0700 - 1500 hours

Description

Waka Ama

Lake Usage Only NO CLOSURE

Tentative Booking

23-24 July 2022 Jet Ski Racing AJSRA ROTORUA (Hannahs Bay)

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 July 2022 

Event / Who

Jetski Enduro Racing - Lake Rotorua Winter Watercross / AJSRA (Auckland Jetski Racing Assn)

Time/Closure

Sat 23rd 1500 hrs - Set up

Course in place overnight

Sun 24th 1030 hrs - 1430 hrs - Event
Sun 24th 1430 - 1530 hrs - Pack down

Description

Based at Hannahs Bay, Lake Rotorua
Hannahs Bay Boat ramp and water ski access lane CLOSED

Map from Public Notice showing closure area, Hannahs Bay (pdf 234Kb)

Event Confirmed 

There are no health warnings.
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