Best Swimming Spots in Rotorua

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This blog has been updated in May 2021. 

Rotorua is known for it’s vast lakes and amazing water colours. With Summer starting to heat up the many lakes in the Rotorua region become popular with swimmers, boaters and water enthusiasts. We’ve narrowed down a few of the best spots to take a dip in this Summer, all easily accessible from Aura Accommodation.  

Lake Tikitapu (The Blue Lake) 

Lake Tikitapu also known as the Blue Lake is a crowd favourite during the warmer months. Due to the high volumes of pumice and rhyolite, the water takes on a vivid blue colour. Popular with the locals this lake has an abundance of swimming areas along with plenty of BBQ sites to enjoy some lunch. The Blue Lake is located just a 14 minute drive from Aura making it the perfect place to take the family for a day out in the sun.

Two kids being towed on a inflatable ring on a lake.
The classic Kiwi fun!

Lake Rotoma 

Lake Rotoma has the best water quality of all the Rotorua lakes, and once you’re there, it’s not hard to understand why it’s popular during Summer. Lake Rotoma is 40-minute drive from Aura Accommodation, along state highway 30 heading towards Kawerau. There is plenty of shore around the lake to relax and enjoy the New Zealand sun before taking a dip in Lake Rotoma’s crystal clear waters.  

Lake Okareka 

This smaller lake is surrounded by beautiful forest, creating an amazing landscape for a Summer swim. Lake Okareka boasts a several walking tracks and the boardwalk over the wetlands. The boardwalk path leads to a picturesque small quiet beach perfect for a swim. Be sure to pack your camera for some amazing photo opportunities along the way. Located just a 10-minute drive from Rotorua’s CBD, Lake Okareka makes for an easily accessible swimming location.  

Man sitting on side of lake watching daughter swim.
The perfect swimming spot!

Cool Down at Aura 

Guests who stay at Aura have access to our heated outdoor swimming pool. We control the water temperature, so you’ll enjoy hot water during the winter months, and refreshing temperatures during warmer weather. We also have close by BBQ facilities, perfect for a day lounging around the pool area with family or friends.  

Man and daughter in pool, man throwing girl up in the air.
Splash away in Aura’s heated outdoor pool!

Soak at Aura 

Rotorua has no shortage of mineral pools to soak in after a long day – and Aura is no expectation. Guests can enjoy the naturally sourced mineral water in our hot soaking pools. Our waters are known for their therapeutic qualities, meaning you’ll feel 100% after you bathe.   

Man & Women sitting in a indoor hot pool, fern in the foreground.
Soak away in the magical mineral pools!

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