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Rotorua Lakes

The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes are popular for many forms of recreation and are a taonga to the people of Te Arawa.

Our lakes are nationally significant to New Zealanders and are treasured natural assets of great beauty.

Protecting and restoring the Rotorua Te Arawa Lake is a high priority for the Regional Council.

We are proud partners of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme, a partnership with Rotorua District Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust to preserve our lakes for present and future generations.

For more information about the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes programme and information about the lakes go to

Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes - black landscape

Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes - Partners landscape

Lake Structures

A Lake Structure is defined as anything constructed, whether temporary or permanent, moveable or immovable, where any part intrudes into, or is placed over, the waters of a lake, or is on land that would be covered by water when lake levels rise, and includes:

  • Buildings (boatshed, boat port)
  • Structures (jetty, ramp, slipway, stairs)
  • Moorings
  • Walls and retaining walls

A Guide to Lake Structures (440KB, pdf) is available through this link which provides more information on Lake ownership and management, who does what, costs and more.

Other Rotorua Lakes information:

View information about Rotorua Lakes Closures.

For information about the Okere Gates and Ohau Weir click on the links below:

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Rotorua Map