Located 18 kilometres to the east of Rotorua, and 5 kilometres to the west of Mt Tarawera, Lake Tarawera is a hidden treasure. It takes in a few of the space’s most spectacular surroundings together with sizzling water seashores, lush native bush and forests, magnificent waterfalls bursting from fissures in sheer rock faces and the lake itself, teeming with rainbow trout.
This extremely lovely lake was witness to nature at its catastrophic finest in 1886 when Mt Tarawera erupted, killing over 150 individuals, elevating the lake by 12 metres, destroying the well-known Pink and White Terraces and burying Te Wairoa village on the lake’s southwest shore. Today Mt Tarawera is a bush clad sleeping big however from the air you may see the large chasm created by the eruption.
Visitors have the chance to encounter nature at its absolute best. Lake Tarawera is revered by ornithologists for its plentiful and different chook life, the setting for a lot of unimaginable bush walks and is widespread for fishing, boating, kayaking, water-snowboarding, picnicking and mountain biking.
First on the listing of locations to go to is the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve which incorporates the Landing, the Orchard, Hot Water Beach, Humphries Bay and Tarawera Falls.
The space the place the Landing is located was the unique departure level for journeys through the 19th Century to the well-known Pink and White Terraces. Today the Landing is the departure level for scenic lake excursions, fishing charters, water taxi companies, self drive boats, kayak excursions and pedal boat rent. The Landing Cafe is among the few lake-facet eating choices accessible within the Rotorua Lakes District and is a superb place to take pleasure in an off-the-cuff meal whereas admiring the views over the lake and Mt Tarawera.
Just a brief distance from the Landing and of archaeological significance is the Orchard the place early conventional Maori rock work will be seen.
Lake Tarawera is the final word picnic lake with many idyllic and personal picnic spots dotted round its shores. One of the preferred and solely accessible by boat is Hot Water Beach. Natural sizzling springs below the sand bubble up creating sizzling areas the place you may dig your individual sandy, heated outside bathtub adopted by a fast dip within the lake to cool off.
Humphries Bay, on the southern finish of Lake Tarawera is one other nice picnic and tenting spot accessible by boat or by foot alongside the Northern Tarawera Track. This reasonable tramping observe begins on the Tarawera Outlet which can be the place to begin to view the spectacular Tarawera Falls.
While most waterfalls movement over the tops of cliffs, Tarawera Falls surges straight out of the center of a tall rock cliff-face surrounded by native bush. Tarawera Falls is off the crushed observe through personal forestry roads that require permits however this all provides to the sense of remoteness and pristine magnificence. Of additional curiosity is a set of large boulders, a legacy of the Tarawera eruption that destroyed the Pink and White Terraces.
Lake Tarawera is an angler’s haven and is legendary for its trophy trout. The Te Wairoa stream mouth, only a quick stroll from the Landing, is a spawning space and identified for its wonderful winter fly-fishing. However, there are fabulous fishing spots throughout this lake for fly and boat fishing plus native fishing guides who can assist you discover the place the fish are biting.
From the Landing, you may head left alongside Tarawera Road to the Buried Village or proper alongside the scenic Spencer Road.
Te Wairoa Village was worn out by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption which additionally destroyed the well-known Pink and White Terraces. Today guests can go to this sombre, but lovely place to see the stays of most of the excavated buildings and recount the drama of that terrifying occasion.
Also of curiosity is the Buried Village Museum with shows of home items that survived the eruption and the straightest strains of bushes on this planet. These bushes have been as soon as fence posts which have grown into totally fledged bushes.
The important highway to the Lake Tarawera settlement, Spencer Road, is famous for its many picturesque picnic and lake-facet spots. If you are taking the quick stroll from Boatshed Bay by means of to Rangiuru Bay, you will come throughout the Spencer Mausoleum. This steep-roofed shingled construction with glass and rock partitions tucked away in dense bush was constructed by Reverend F.H Spencer on the positioning of the missionary station began by his father Seymour Mills Spencer. Rangiuru Bay is a beautiful spot to relaxation and chill out and is regionally thought-about to be one of the crucial dependable fly fishing spots on Lake Tarawera.
Further alongside Spencer Road lies Stony Point Reserve with its youngsters’s playground, picnic and protected swimming areas and Cliff Road Reserve with its massive grassy areas and lovely clear water for swimming.
People are drawn to Lake Tarawera due to its timeless pure magnificence. Come right here to benefit from the serenity of the lake, go fishing or boating, take day walks into the native bush and stand in superior marvel on the sight of the magnificent Mt Tarawera.