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

2 June 2019  

Event/Who

3D / Active QT Ltd

Time/Closure/Usage

0830 - 1330 hrs / Full Closure - confirmed

Description

Multisport event involving paddling

Boat ramp will be inaccessible during closure period (0830 - 1330 hrs)

6 October 2019

Event / Who

Dragon Boat Regatta,  BOP Dragon Boat Club

Time/Closure/Usage

Sunday 6th October 2019
Specific Times TBC 

Description

Details TBC

Provisional Booking

11-13 October 2019

Event / Who

Kayak Regatta BL1, Canoe Racing NZ

Time/Closure/Usage

Friday 11th through to Sunday 13th October 2019
Specific Times TBC 

Description

Details TBC

Provisional Booking

6-8 December 2019

Event / Who

Kayak Regatta BL2, Canoe Racing NZ

Time/Closure/Usage

Friday 6th through to Sunday 8th December 2019
Specific Times TBC 

Description

Details TBC

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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