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

NOV 2- BOP Rowing - Rowing Regatta

Saturday 2 November 2024

Event / Who
Rowing Regatta Rotorua 1000m, Bay of Plenty Rowing

Lake Closure
Main body of lake will be closed.
Passive areas to remain open to be confirmed.

Times
0800 - 1700 hours

PROVISIONAL  BOOKING

NOV 30-DEC 1- CRNZ Tikitapu 1 Canoe Sprint Regatta

Friday 29 November - Sunday 01 December 2024

Event / Who  
Tikitapu 1 Canoe Sprint Regatta, Canoe Racing NZ

Lake Closure    
Friday 0700 hrs - Sunday 1900 hrs 

Area Closed / Open
Map showing closed areas and open areas during event (JPG, 200kb)

Event Timeframe
Friday     
Set Up Day
    0700-1800 hrs

Saturday     
Event Day 1   0800-1700 hrs

Sunday   
Event Day 2    0800-1700 hrs
Pack Down    1500-1900 hrs

PROVISIONAL  BOOKING

DEC 20-21-Brand New Day Ltd Half Ironman

PROVISIONAL BOOKING

DETAILS TO COME

2025 JAN 17-19 Rotorua Rowing Club Dewar Shield Regatta

Friday 17 - Sunday 19 January 2025

Event / Who:    
Blue Lake Dewar Shield Rowing Regatta / Rotorua Rowing Club
 

All other details to come


PROVISIONAL  BOOKING

2025 FEB 7-9- CRNZ Tikitapu 2 Canoe Sprint Regatta

Friday 9 - Sunday 11 February 2025

Event / Who  
Tikitapu 2 Sprint Regatta, Canoe Racing NZ

Lake Closure    
Friday 0700 hrs - Sunday 1900 hrs 

Area Closed / Open
Map showing closed areas and open areas during event (JPG, 200kb)

Event Timeframe
Friday     
Set Up Day
    0700-1800 hrs

Saturday     
Event Day 1   0800-1700 hrs

Sunday   
Event Day 2    0800-1700 hrs
Pack Down    1500-1900 hrs
 

PROVISIONAL   BOOKING

2025 FEB 19-21 TWPT Rangitahi Waka Festival

PROVISIONAL  BOOKING

Details TBC

2025 FEB 22- NZWSRA 100 MILER

Saturday 22 February 2025

Event / Who
100 Miler Water Ski Race, NZ Waterski Racing Assn

Lake Closure
Main body of lake will be closed.
Any Passive areas to remain open to be confirmed.

Times
0700 - 1730 hours

PROVISIONAL  BOOKING

2025 MAR 22-28 TWPT Secondary Schools Waka Ama Nationals

PROVISIONAL  BOOKING

Details TBC

2025 APR 11-13- NZWSRA Oceania Water Ski Champs & Trans Tasman

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 April 2025

Event / Who
Oceania Waterski Racing Championships & Trans Tasman, NZ Water Ski Racing Assn

Lake Closure
Main body of lake will be closed.
Any Passive Areas remaining open TBC

Timetable
0700 - 0830 Fri 11 April SET UP
0830 - 1700 Fri 11- Sun 13 April EVENT
1600 - 1700 Sun 13 April PACK DOWN

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
Monitoring Results
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