Lake Rotopounamu

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On Our Doorstep / January 15, 2023

Lake Rotopounamu

On Our Doorstep

Lake Rotopounamu

Lake Rotopounamu is located in the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand. It is a small, shallow lake that is known for its crystal clear water and stunning scenery.

If you are planning to walk around Lake Rotopounamu, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The lake is located in a remote area, so be sure to bring plenty of food and water with you.
  • The trail around the lake is well-maintained, but can be steep in some places. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a walking stick if you need it.
  • The lake is surrounded by native bush, and you may encounter a variety of bird and animal life, including the endangered whio (blue duck).
  • The lake is popular for trout fishing, so you may see anglers along the trail.
  • Be prepared for all weather conditions, as it can change quickly in the area.
  • It is recommended to bring your own fishing rod and bait or lures if you wish to fish.
  • It is also recommended to check any park rules and regulations regarding fishing, hunting, and camping.
  • Respect the environment and don’t leave any trace behind.


Getting to Lake Rotopounamu

By car:

  • From Taupo, take State Highway 1 to Turangi, then turn onto State Highway 47 and follow the signs to Tongariro National Park. The drive from Taupo to the park takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • From Rotorua, take State Highway 5 to Turangi, then turn onto State Highway 47 and follow the signs to Tongariro National Park. The drive from Rotorua to the park takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

By public transportation:

  • The Tongariro National Park Shuttle operates daily services to the park from Taupo and Turangi.
  • The National Park Village is the main hub for transport in Tongariro National Park, and it is also served by Intercity bus service, which connects the village to various places around New Zealand
  • Once you are in the National Park Village, you can take a shuttle or a taxi to the lake.

Please be aware that the access to the lake is through a track that requires a moderate level of fitness, and some parts of the track are steep. Also, be sure to check the weather forecast and the park’s website for any closures or alerts.

Enjoy your walk and the beautiful Lake Rotopounamu!