Some of the many lakes in Rotorua

Rotorua has many different lakes, in fact there are 20 lakes within a short distance from Rotorua. Don’t believe me?  Have a look here.

It started off a little dark this morning, due to the weather being rainy and horrid.  In fact the first proper day I have had to wear trousers (rather than shorts) just to keep warm.  It did get a little muggy at one point, but that was before the heavens opened and down came the rain to clear it up.

This is Lake Okareka, there isn’t too many areas of this lake were you can actually get to by car as a most of it is surrounded by thick wooded areas.

I even considered putting my feet in the water.  I didn’t as we didn’t stay too long.

There is even a little geothermal activity going on in the hills, can you see the steam?
It’s happening here too.
We even got to watch the ducks swimming and diving for food.
Tikitapu Lake and Rotokakahi Lake where next, they are also known as Blue and Green lake.  Apparently when the sun is shining you can see the blue and the green lake glisten their own colours.
Unfortunately for the bad weather I couldn’t see this, however they were still beautiful.
Here are some facts about the Tikitapu / Blue Lake;
  • Tikitapu / Blue Lake was named as the place where the daughter of a high born chief lost her sacred greenstone necklace.
  • The lake is 150 hectarea in size and the deepest point is 27.5 meters.
  • There is no surface outlet so it is believed that the lake drains via an underground outlet to Lake Rotokakahi.
  • The lake formed approximately 13,500 years ago.
  • The lake gets its blue colouring from above due to reflection from white rhyolite and pumice bottom.
Tikitapu / Blue Lake.
Here are some facts about Rotokakahi / Green Lake;
  • Named after the shellfish taken from the lake, Kahahi.
  • 440 hectares in size and the deepest point is 32 meters.
  • Flows to Lake Tarawera via the Te Wairoa stream.
  • The lake was formed approximately 13,300 years ago.
  • The lake is privately owned by local iwi (Maori), this lake is sacred (tapu).  No boating, swimming or fishing is permitted.
Rotokakahi / Green Lake.
Both of the lakes together.
A Female Cicator.

This is a Cicator and a female one at that, I believe it is the male ones which make the screeching noise and the females make the clicking type noise. It was quite cool to watch, when she started moving though, I moved away.

Lake Tarawera is below and you can see how big this one is.  You can often get boats from the jetty below to the other side of the lake.
Lake Tarawera.
The clouds starting to roll in.

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