Lake Tarawera is the largest of a series of lakes which surround the volcano Mount Tarawera in the North Island of New Zealand. The lake was substantially affected by the eruption of Mount Tarawera on 10 June 1886. The eruption killed over 150 people, and buried the Māori village of Te Wairoa on the southwest shore of the lake.
Also destroyed were the famed Pink and White Terraces, subsequently a portion of the White Terraces was rediscovered in June 2011. It is thought that the rest of the terraces may be buried in sediment rather than having been destroyed. more
Lake Tarawera is deep and clear, renowned for its size, condition and rapid growth of the rainbow trout it produces. Its reputation draws anglers from around the world to Rotorua in search of trophy fish.
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Mobile-friendly - Experience New Zealand’s most visited Archaeological Site where stories of the 1886 Tarawera Eruption come to life! Encounter the world-class Museum of Te Wairoa which exhibits excavated objects from the ruins; explore the site which once housed the people of Te Wairoa; hear unique stories from the tour guides and take the Waterfall Trail which showcases the stunning Wairere Falls.
Mobile-friendly - Te Rata is set on Department of Conservation land at Hot Water Beach, on the edge of Lake Tarawera. It's right in the heart of the thermal Rotorua district, just 20 minutes from Rotorua. The lake edge steams with thermally heated water... the perfect place for soaking your worries away.
Bay of Plenty fishing with your owner/operator guide Lindsay Hunt. Choose between inshore saltwater, coastal saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing. Taupo and Rotorua lakes, Whakatane and White Island, Tauranga. Whether you are after a world famous Taupo or Rotorua trout, White Island Kingfish or Inshore Snapper fishing in Whakatane, Ezyfishing Charters can help.
Thirty five minutes south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall.
Mobile-friendly - Small group tours connecting you with hard-to-reach places. Explore Rotorua by day or night. Our Thermal Path Tour takes you 'off the beaten track' to mud pools and thermal areas. Lakes Morning tour (Hamurana Springs, Okere Falls, Lake Rotoiti, the Blue and Green lakes and Lake Tarawera), plus Real Rotorua's Nocturnal Adventure. #6 of 70 Outdoor Activities in Rotorua (TripAdvisor).
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Matariki School Holiday Drop-in Crafts
Rotorua Museum are hosting two weeks of Matariki themed drop-in crafts over the July School Holidays. Come down to the Pop Up Shop (1201 Eruera Street) and join in the fun between 10am – 2pm on weekdays. Week One: ...
Where: Shop 1201 Eruera Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: 1201 Eruera Street, Rotorua, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 10:00am on Monday 8th July 2019
To: 2:00pm on Friday 19th July 2019
Matariki Crack the Code Activity Trail
Wanted: Detectives needed to solve a Matariki Mystery in the Government Gardens! These July School Holidays, Rotorua Museum is bringing back the popular Crack the Code free activity trail which will have kids learning ...
Where: Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 9:00am on Saturday 6th July 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 21st July 2019
School Holiday Ceramics Painting Workshop
Come and paint ceramics at our beautiful studio in Paradise Valley. Cost is $20 then pay for what you paint, ceramic pieces cost from $5- $15. It takes 1-2 hrs usually to paint a piece and the studio will be open ...
Where: Paradise Fusion Studio, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: 862c Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 10:00am on Monday 15th July 2019
To: 4:00pm on Monday 15th July 2019
Come down to Te Manawa (corner of Tūtanekai and Hinemoa Streets) and take a journey through the long white cloud to experience the world premiere of this immersive sound and light celebration of Matariki. This free ...
Where: Te Manawa, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: Corner of Tutanekai and Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 5:00pm on Wednesday 3rd July 2019
To: 10:00pm on Sunday 21st July 2019
Kapu Tī Kōrero - Kōrero over the Teacups
Kapu Tī Kōrero - Kōrero over the Teacups is an informal lunch time gathering for anyone who wants to have a go at speaking in and practicing te reo Māori no matter what stage of the learning journey they are on. ...
Where: Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 12:00pm on Monday 24th June 2019
To: 1:00pm on Monday 16th December 2019
Jade Discovery Tours
Come and experience the beauty of jade. Each day this winter, you can join a free guided tour of our workshop to discover how we carve jade, by hand. You'll meet New Zealand’s finest greenstone artists and see them ...
Where: Mountain Jade, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: 1288 Fenton St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 10:00am on Saturday 1st June 2019
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 31st August 2019
Ahurei Pasifika Pōhiri - Flying Fijians
Help us show the Fijian Rugby team and their crew a beautiful Maori welcome when they land in Rotorua ahead of the Maori All Blacks vs Fiji game. Free to watch and everyone is welcome.
Where: Te Papaiouru Marae, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: Mataiawhea Street, Ohinemutu, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 12:00pm on Tuesday 16th July 2019
To: 3:00pm on Tuesday 16th July 2019
NZ Guitar Quartet
AOTNZ tours New Zealand Guitar Quartet – 22 June - 21 July 2019. The New Zealand Guitar Quartet bring an infectious energy to the stage! Fresh from concert tours in China and Australia and 2018 engagements at the ...
Where: St Barnabas Anglican Church, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: School Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 16th July 2019
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 16th July 2019
Felix The Fearless Dog
Another twisted tail at the Blue Baths. Muddy Moa Charitable Trust presentS Felix the Fearless Dog by Darlene Mohekey - only at the Blue Baths, Rotorua! Join us on Fly-Valley Farm for another amazing adventure! ...
Where: The Blue Baths, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 10:30am on Monday 8th July 2019
To: 11:40am on Saturday 20th July 2019
Pub Quiz Night - Believe It Or Not Quiz Nights
- If you are in Roto-Vegas Rotorua on Tuesday - Do not miss this! - Come and test your knowledge against the famous Believe It Or Not questions. With a pre-quiz game, the Main Quiz, and other on-the-spot prizes, and ...
Where: Mitchell Downs Tavern, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Address: 10-12 Goldie Street, Pukehangi. Rotorua, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
From: 6:30pm on Tuesday 4th June 2019
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 17th September 2019