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

17-19 Jan 2020 Rowing Regatta RRC TIKITAPU

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

Public Notice available here (pdf, 200Kb)



Confirmed Booking

25 -26 Jan 2020 Blue Lake Multisport RATs TIKITAPU

Saturday 25-Sunday 26 January 2020

Event / Who

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

Time/Closure/Usage

Public Notice with details of event word doc 156Kb /  Lake Closure
 

Description

check public notice above

 

Confirmed Booking

14-16 Feb 2020 Lakeland PowerBoat Racing TIKITAPU

Friday 14 -  Sunday 16 February 2020

Event / Who

Powerboat Racing / Lakeland Powerboat Club

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

22-23 Feb 2020 NZWSRA TIKITAPU

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

20-22 Mar 2020 Legend of the Lake Quantum Events TIKITAPU

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 Multisport XTERRA TIKITAPU

4 April 2020

Event / Who

Multisport  XTERRA 

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA / Lake Closure

 

Description

TBA

 

Provisional Booking

There are no health warnings.
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There are currently no health warnings for Tikitapu
Water Quality
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