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

Event / Who

Kayak Regatta BL1, Canoe Racing NZ

Time/Closure/Usage

Start: 7am Friday 12th Ends: 6pm Sunday 14th

Description

Main body of lake closed, passive areas open (Map showing closed and open areas pdf, 199KB) Confirmed Booking

Event / Who

Bay of Plenty Rowing Assn, Rowing Regatta

Time/Closure/Usage

Starts 9am Ends 5pm

Description

Main body of lake, North Western Passive area and the water ski areas will be closed.

The North Eastern Passive, South Western Passive, and the Southern Passive areas remain open and available throughout the closure period.

(Map showing both open and closed areas during event. pdf, 119KB)

Confirmed Booking

Event / Who

Fitness Challenge, Crossfit Rotorua Ltd

Time/Closure/Usage

NO CLOSURE Lake usage only

Description

Confirmed Booking

Event / Who

Kayak Regatta BL2, Canoe Racing NZ

Time/Closure/Usage 

Start: 7am Friday 30th November

Ends: 7pm Sunday 2nd December

Description

Main body of lake closed, passive areas open 

(Map showing closed and open areas pdf, 199KB)

Confirmed Booking

Event / Who 

Half Ironman (Swim Section), Brand New Day Ltd

Time/Closure/Usage 

Saturday 15 December  2018

Start: 5:15am

Ends: 8am

Description

North Western Passive area closed.

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

Remainder of lakeincluding boat ramp is open and available during the closure.

Confirmed Booking

18 - 20 January 2019                                                                                

 

Event Rowing Regatta
Who Rotorua Rowing Club
Details
 

Full Closure

South East and North Eastern Areas
open for passive use only

Adjacent Map shows both open (white)
and closed (shaded) areas

Starts 1600 hours - Friday 18 January 2019   
Ends 1730 hours - Sunday 20 January 2019 
Status Confirmed Booking

 

 

26 - 27 January 2019

Event / Who

Blue Lake Multisport Festival, Rotorua Association of Triathletes

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

11 - 19 February 2019

Event / Who

Bomb Comp/Flochella, NZ Bomb Comp Ltd

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

23 February 2019

Event / Who

Details TBA, NZWSRA

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

1 - 3 March 2019

Event / Who

Powerboat Nationals, Lakes Powerboat Club

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

16 March 2019

Event / Who

Legend of the Lake Swim, Quantum Events Ltd

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

24 - 30 March 2019

Event / Who

National Secondary Schools Waka Ama Championships 2019, Te Waiariki Purea Trust

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

6 April 2019

Event / Who

XTERRA, First Tier Productions Ltd

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

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