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The shaded walk passes through fern-dominated native forest and exotic plantations of the Whakarewarewa Forest. All the while, the serene blue waters of Lake Tikitapu, which are suitable for swimming, lap the fine pumice beaches.
A great walk or run through the native bush surrounding the Lake. Just the right spot for a swim afterwards. This is suitable for all ages - a bit of family fun!
From Rotorua, follow Te Ngae Road (SH30A) and turn right at Ngapuna into Tarawera Road.
Blue Lake is 7 km further on.
The track starts from the north-west corner of the lake at the western end of the beach.
There are large parking areas with toilets behind the beach at the northern end of the lake.
The track is generally wide with a few undulations, uneven and muddy sections. It is unmarked, but follows the perimeter of the lake.
Following the track in an anti-clockwise direction:
After 40 minutes of skirting the western side, there is a 5-minute-return detour to a beach on the southern side of the lake.
10 minutes further is a crossroads. Veer left for 20 minutes to another parking area, where steps descend to another beach. Follow the lake edge track for 30 minutes to the road, where the track ends.
Take extreme care on the final 10 minutes along the roadside footpath back to the carpark.
One story of Lake Tikitapu’s naming relates to a daughter of a high-born chief, who was bathing in the waters and wore a Tikitapu – a sacred heirloom ornament worn around the neck. It was usually attached with flax chord, but as she swam, it became removed and is still lost.
DOC Bay of Plenty
Central government organisation
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Rotorua
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Many different ways to go.
A very nice area. We made a walk around the lake and saw a lot of birds. After we drove to the lookout to see the green lake. It was not very green, a bad light.
Nice track with the cleanest water in the world.
Very cold but very beautiful!
Normally I like water and lakes but I was slightly disappointed in the Blue Lake. It would have been enough just to drive to the Lake and look and learn.
Nice 1.5-2 hour walk around the so called Blue Lake. Takes you through beautiful forest and along wild small beaches.
Beautiful walk around the lake.
Very nice walk much needed after a lot of sitting. Not too strenuous but just enough.
Short walk but lovely views of the green and blue lakes.
Beautiful to walk around and have a swim in Blue Lake.
One and a half hours round the lake, easy track - could be better sign posted. Beautiful bush, close to Rotorua.
10km out of Rotorua towards Lake Tarawera. Easy 45-60 minute walk. Very picturesque, crystal clear lake for swimming.
Easy walk around the lake, 1.5 - 2 hours walk. Trek goes through scenic jungle.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍