Lake Tarawera, meaning 'burnt spear', is one of the largest lakes in the country and during the 1800's it was home to many small Māori villages until the Tarawera eruption in 1886. The eruption also annihilated the famous pink and white terraces. Since the eruption the area has recovered and the lake is surrounded by stunning natural bush. The pristine waters of the lake are perfect for swimming, kayaking and water skiing, There are numerous ski lanes and due to the layout of the lake you can always find a calm spot. There a many hidden bays and beaches to moor up to. On the other side of the lake is hot water beach where the water is heated by the volcano.
There are lots of camping spots, walking tracks (including the Tarawera Falls Walking Track, which is recognised as one of New Zealand's best short walks) and stunning scenery, Lake Tarawera is an idyllic holiday destination. It is also famous for the size of its rainbow trout. Anglers from all over the world hit the lake each year (between 1 October and 30 June, when the lake is open for both fly fishing and trolling) in search of a trophy fish.
Even though it’s smaller than Lake Rotorua by surface area, Lake Tarawera is actually larger by water volume. It’s an incredibly deep lake, with several other lakes in the area draining into it directly. We have great knowledge of the local area and we're happy to recommend activities to suit our guests. When you make a booking you also have an opportunity to book excursions and food packages if you wish. Our pleasure is your enjoyment, we want you to have a wonderful time. Angie and Dave Mackay.