Te Arawa lakes still at record levels
A number of lakes in the Rotorua district are the highest they have been since the 1970s, and they are not expected to recede much over the 2023/24 summer period.
Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council are working together to ensure that everyone looking to travel to the lakes over the summer is aware of potential issues and risks in place.
Report a hazard in the lake
Report navigational hazards (such as floating debris) to the Harbourmaster at 0800 5KNOTS (0800 55 66 87).
Check that it's safe to swim
When planning your trip, head to Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) - Can I swim here? to access the latest water quality information to help decide where to swim.
Using a boat ramp?
Under the Bay of Plenty Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP), if you are using a public boat ramp you must certify that your craft (boat, jet ski, kayak), and trailer are free from freshwater pests. Find out more on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website.
Lakes in our region with high water levels
View the maps of affected lakes in the Rotorua region to see where potential hazards are located.
The following lakes where water levels are particularly high:
- Reeme Street, Ngongotahā, Lake Rotorua
- Hamurana Boat Ramp, Lake Rotorua
- Matahi Spit, Lake Rotomā
- Merge Lodge Reserve, Lake Rotomā
- Hinehopu (Tamatea Street), Lake Rotoiti
- Guy Roe Reserve (Lake Rerewhakaaitu)