"Let your mind wander as you explore the stunning scenery of Rotorua's Blue Lake"
Written By: Jacques Massie
It was another day back home in Rotorua. If your in New Zealand another day means another adventure. Today's adventure... Hiking around Blue Lake just out of Rotorua. I was so excited to get back to this beautiful hike. Lake Tikitapu, commonly referred to as Blue Lake, is the smallest of four lakes lying between lake Rotorua and Lake Tarewera in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand. Lake Tikitapu lies in a volcanic caldera formed within the last 300,000 years.
If you don't know much about NZ let me give you a quick run down on the Maori. Maori were the first people to inhabit NZ and their cultural influence is still strong across the country. I personally think this is great and I hope it continues. You may be familiar with the Maori war dance, the Haka. The Haka is performed by almost every professional male sporting team out of NZ.
Lake Tikitapu- The Maori Story behind the name
The name is derived from a story surrounding a scared (tapu) necklace (tiki). It is said that long ago, a daughter of a highborn chief went for a swim in the lake and lost her precious Tiki (greenstone necklace). A desperate search ensued for the sacred Tiki of her tribe. To this day the waters of TikiTapu (Blue Lake) still hide the Tapu Tiki(Scared Necklace).
Alright so make sure that you are in Rotorua and make sure you have transport(hire car/camper). You can hitch hike to blue lake relatively easy but it may take a couple hours to get a ride and if you stay out there to late you may not have a lift back...
Get yourself onto Pukuatua Street heading east. Turn right onto Hinemaru Street. Merge onto SH 30A. You will get to a round-a-bout in 2.5km. Take the third exit onto Tarawera Road. You will see your destination in 7km's.
If you don't have a vehicle and you don't feel like hitch hiking there are plenty of tour options you can pay for. CLICK HERE for more information.
What should I do?
Blue lake is not a huge town so if you are after shopping, party hostels and cracking bars well this ain't the place you are going to find em. Blue Lake is the place you go to explore the beautiful NZ outdoors. You can spend your day hiking, swimming, wharf jumping and kayaking and... if you want to stay the night.. you can.
Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park has you sorted. You can choose from campsites, motel units, self contained units and even a full cabin. There is also bathrooms at the lakefront and of course full bathroom facilities are available at the Holiday Park.
The Hike itself is super simple and you can start on the left side of the beach or the right side of the beach... yep well done if you figured out that this hike is a loop. The loop literally follows the lake shore, moving inland at certain points during the hike. Check out the trail map below to get a better idea.
The walk should take you about an hour and a half and is relatively flat with a few tough inclines. Be prepared to take alternative 'flood routes' especially if there has been a large amount of rain.
Blue Lake is a great option if you want a relaxed day after some hectic NZ adventuring. Trust me you will need to factor in rest days on your NZ trip, it is super easy to burn out from all the adventures.
I hope you enjoy your trip to Blue Lake. Be sure to comment below if you have any of your own tips.
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