Lake Tikitapu

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Lake Tikitapu

Lake Tikitapu holds a special place in the community’s heart, and is enjoyed year-round by locals and tourists for swimming, boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, biking and fishing.

The small, circular lake is famous for its striking blue colour, a result of rhyolite and pumice on the lake bed. With a large reserve area boasting playground and barbeque facilities, toilets, parking, water slides and easy walking tracks, it’s easy to see why the ‘Blue Lake’ is one of Rotorua’s most popular natural destinations.

Framed by stunning native bush and sitting adjacent to the Green Lake (Lake Rotokakahi), Lake Tikitapu is great for trout fishing and is also a popular spot for triathlons and other sporting events.

Like Rotorua’s other lakes, Lake Tikitapu is steeped in Māori history. It’s believed the daughter of a high-born chief was bathing in the lake’s crystal waters and wore the tikitapu (sacred greenstone neck ornament). The piece dislodged itself while she swam, and the blue waters of the lake are believed to still be hiding the tikitapu.

The quality of Lake Tikitapu’s water is important to this community, as it contributes to a collective sense of pride, place, mana and culture. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust are working together to ensure strategic direction and coordinated planning for Lake Tikitapu and its future.

Current Lakes Closures / Events

Saturday 2 November 2019

Event / Who

BOP Rowing Assn / 1000m Rowing Regatta
 

Time/Closure/Usage

0800 - 1800 hrs /  Lake Closure

link to course map below (Provided by event organiser)
https://www.rotorualakes.co.nz/vdb/document/1743 (pdf, 307kb)

Description

Set Up: 
0800 - 1000 hrs
Event: 
1000 - 1700 hrs
Pack Down
1700 - 1800 hrs

 

Confirmed Booking

Saturday 30 November 2019

Event/Who

Demo Day / Telfer Marine

Time/Closure/Usage

0900 - 1400 hrs / Lake Usage - No Closure

Provisional Booking

Friday 6 - Sunday 8 December 2019

Event / Who

Kayak Regatta BL2, Canoe Racing NZ
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Friday 0700 hrs - Sunday 1900 hrs /  Lake Closure
 

Description

Friday
Set Up:
  0700-1800 hrs

Saturday
Event:   0800-1700 hrs

Sunday
Event:   0800-1700 hrs
Pack Down 1700-1900 hrs

 

Provisional Booking

Monday 9 December 2019

Event / Who

Kayak Workshop Training,  Canoe Racing NZ
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Friday 0700 hrs - Sunday 1900 hrs /  Lake Usage Only  NO CLOSURE
 

Description

0900 - 1600 hours

Provisional Booking

Saturday 14 December  2019

Event / Who 

Half Ironman (Swim Section), Brand New Day Ltd
 

Time/Closure/Usage 

Times 0515 hrs - 0800 hrs
 

Description

North Western Passive area.   

(Map showing closed and open areas docx, 58KB)

Remainder of lake including boat ramp should be open and available during the closure.  TBC
 

Provisional Booking

Friday 17 - Sunday 19 January 2020

Event / Who

Rowing Regatta / Rotorua Rowing Club
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Friday 1600 hrs - Sunday 1800 hrs /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

Saturday 25-Sunday 26 January 2020

Event / Who

Blue Lake Multisport Festival / RATs (Rotorua Assn of Triathletes)
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

Friday 14 -  Sunday 16 February 2020

Event / Who

Powerboat Racing / Lakeland Powerboat Club

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

Saturday 22- Sunday 23 February 2020

Event / Who

Waterski Racing / NZWSRA (NZ Waterski Racing Assn)
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2020

Event / Who

Legend of the Lake / Quantum Events 
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

4 April 2020

Event / Who

Multisport  XTERRA 

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA / Lake Closure

 

Description

TBA

 

Provisional Booking

There are no health warnings.
Recent Monitoring Results
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There are currently no health warnings for Tikitapu
Water Quality
Recent Blue Green Algae
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