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Lake Tarawera

Lake Tarawera, meaning ‘Burnt Spear’ is is the largest of a series of lakes which surround the volcano Mount Tarawera in the North Island of New Zealand. The lake was home to many small Maori villages and mission settlements, until the Tarawera eruption on June 10, 1886.

The lake is filled primarily by sources from the nearby Blue (Lake Tikitapu) and Green (Lake Rotokakahi) lakes. Lake Tarawera is home to rainbow trout. During the summer it is popular for both fishing and water sports, and also camping as there a number of hot water beaches. Lake Tarawera’s outflow is at its north end, into the Tarawera River, which flows northeast into the Bay of Plenty.

  • Surface elevation: 298 m

  • Area: 41 km²

  • Length: 11.4 km

  • Width: 9 km

  • Mean depth: 57 m


Some of the best trout FISHING in the world is right here on the doorstep – you don’t even need a boat – take a kayak into the lagoon. Anyone can try KAYAKING – we have all the equipment you need. Stay close to the shore for the best views of the bird life.

  • Hot Water Beach (boat and walk access only)

  • Water Taxi (to Hot Water Beach) See more>>

  • Wairua Stream, Hot pool (boat access only)

  • Tarawera Falls (by boat/walk)

  • Guided Fishing – Cruise and Fish Rotorua See more>> 

  • Cruising – Cruise and Fish Rotorua See more>> 

  • The Landing Cafe See more>>

  • Historic Maori Rock Paintings

  • Spencer Moratorium

FISHING : For regulations, maps visit Fish and Game website  See more>>

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