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7 lakes in the North Island that are perfect for a weekend getaway

7 lakes in the North Island that are perfect for a weekend getaway

Planning a weekend escape in the North Island? Add these stunning lakes to your travel list.

7 lakes in the North Island that are perfect for a weekend getaway

Kayak through crystal-clear waters, soak up in a natural hot spring and wander through stunning rainforests – these are the best lakes in the North Island for an ultimate weekend getaway.

Lake Waikaremoana, Hawkes Bay

 

Whether you want to tick off one of New Zealand’s iconic Great Walks or go boating on the lake, Waikaremoana is a true nature-lover’s paradise.

With short day walks and multi-day treks, caves, waterfalls and beautiful rainforest to explore, Lake Waikaremoana is one of the best lakes in the North Island.

Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland

Escape to the winterless North and camp at one of the best lakes in the North Island.

The Kai Iwi Lakes are a popular destination for locals, offering crystal-clear waters to swim, kayak and fish in.

With cycling and hiking tracks winding around the beautiful lakes and spectacular stargazing opportunities, the Kai Iwi Lakes are a great destination for your next weekend getaway.

Emerald and Blue Lakes, Tongariro National Park

Lace up your hiking boots and visit the striking Emerald and Blue Lakes in Tongariro National Park.

Formed out of a volcanic eruption over 275,000 years ago, the stunning lakes get their beautiful green glow from the combination of volcanic minerals and sunlight reflecting off the water.

You can see the lakes on the 19.4km Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is best done outside of the snow season.

Make sure you’re prepared as this can be a challenging hike, but all worth it when you see the breathtaking views at the top.

Lake Rotopounamu, Tongariro National Park

A hidden gem in the Tongariro National Park, Lake Rotopounamu is a charming little lake nestled on the western side of Mount Pihanga.

If you don’t feel like making the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike, this gentle 5 km loop is a great alternative with stunning views.

Pack a picnic and relax by the lakeside while hearing the birdsong of native kākā, kererū and North Island robin.

Lake Taupo

A list of the best lakes in the North Island isn’t complete without the popular Lake Taupo.

Head along in late winter to see the snow-blanketed mountains surrounding the expansive lake. A true adventure-destination, there’s no shortage of activities to be found.

Go kayaking to see the towering Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay, explore the mighty Huka Falls and relax in one of the natural hot springs around the lake.

Champagne Pool, Rotorua

The spectacular volcanic champagne pool in Rotorua’s Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in New Zealand.

Wander around the extensive geothermal landscape and be sure to snap a photo of Champagne Pool’s striking emerald and orange colours.

Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

Explore the natural wonders and cultural treasures of the largest lake surrounding the mighty Mount Tarawera.

As one of the best lakes in the North Island, there’s plenty to see at Lake Tarawera.

Take a soak in the natural hot springs at Hot Water Beach, hike up the stunning Tarawera Falls or relax at one of the luxury glamping spots on the lake’s edge.

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