There are popular recreational reserves around Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park which provide excellent opportunities for bush walking, water skiing, canoeing, picnic areas, swimming, running, mountain biking, and trout fishing…. you name it!
Whakarewarewa Forest & Mountain Biking
Mountain biking access to the forest is possible from Blue Lake TOP 10 - your Rotorua holiday park accommodation. The forest offers endless trails for the novice to the experienced mountain biker. Trails link up with the renowned and purpose-built tracks which have made the forest a ‘mecca’ for mountain bikes. These tracks can also be accessed from the Waipa Mill Road off S.H. 5. For more information and details on tracks available, refer to the excellent Ride Rotorua website, designed with the bike rider in mind.
Mountain bike hire is available. The Outdoorsman Outdoor Store on Tarawera Rd offers Top 10 Club Card Holders 10% off mountain bike hire.
Planet Bike can also arrange your mountain biking requirements if you do not have access to a bike while on holiday. They are normally located at the Waipa Mill - Mountain Bike Carpark during weekends. Bike hire is approx $35-$40 for half day hire.
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park can also offer a lock up facility for guests who bring their mountain bikes.
The beautiful Redwood Forest is also located within the Whakarewarewa Forest and offers superb forest walks set amongst majestic, mature Californian Redwood trees and a well stocked gift centre. More details can be found on their website.
Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) Reserve
The reserve is located opposite Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park and is an ideal spot for families to enjoy the beautiful clear waters of the Blue Lake. The lake is very popular for water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing, rowing and power boat racing. The surrounding area has hosted multi-sports events including Xterra (14th April 2012), The ‘She’ Triathlon event for women and Half Iron Man events.
A walk around the lake through the mature Douglas Fir plantation is approximately 5km in length and takes around 1.5 hours. The south side of the lake also has good swimming beaches and a lookout between the Blue and Green Lakes.
Lake Tikitapu is host to the annual Blue Lake Rowing Regatta which normally coincides with Wellington Anniversary Weekend (mid January).
Walks in the surrounding Lakes District
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