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

14-16 Feb 2020 Lakeland PowerBoat Racing TIKITAPU * CANCELLED *

Friday 14 -  Sunday 16 February 2020

Event / Who

Powerboat Racing / Lakeland Powerboat Club

 

* THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED *

18 Feb 2020 RIS TIKITAPU

Tuesday 18 February 2020

Event / Who

Pukaki Team School Trip / Rotorua Intermediate School
 

Time/Closure/Usage

0900 hrs - 1430 hrs /  Lake Usage - NO CLOSURE
 

Confirmed Booking

22-23 Feb 2020 NZWSRA TIKITAPU

Saturday 22 February 2020

Event / Who

Bryce Newton 100 Miler Waterski event / NZWSRA (NZ Waterski Racing Assn)
 

Time/Closure/Usage

0700 - 1800 hours /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

20-22 Mar 2020 Legend of the Lake TIKITAPU * CANCELLED *

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2020

Event / Who

Legend of the Lake / Quantum Events 

* DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED *
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description
 

30 Mar-3 Apr 2020 National Schools Waka Ama TIKITAPU * CANCELLED

30 March - 3 April 2020

Event / Who

National Secondary Schools Waka Ama Championships 2020 / Waka Ama NZ

* DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED *

 

Time/Closure/Usage

 Lake Closure

 

 

 

 

 

4 April 2020 Multisport XTERRA TIKITAPU * CANCELLED *

3 - 4 April 2020

Event / Who

Multisport Off-road Triathlon  XTERRA / First Tier Sports Productions

* DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED *

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Fri 3 - Sat 4 April  / Lake Closure

Fri  3 April  - Set up          0800 - 1600 hours

Sat 4 April  - Event           1000 - 1245 hours
                   - Pack Down  1300 - 1400 hours

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There are no health warnings.
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