rotorua lakes

Forest | Lakes
The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers around Rotorua are treasured natural assets and taonga (treasure) to the Te Arawa people
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a world of water locations

Dazzling in sun and airily moody in low winter mists, the variety of both large and small lakes, offer productions a wide variety of scenic choices.

Ōkataina Outdoor Education & Recreation Trust is a good place for productions to base themselves. Ōkataina is bush surrounded and gives lots of angles for untouched bush to lake.

permit details

Rotorua Lakes Council, Iwi permission – talk to Piripi Curtis

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

255 Kilometres | 3 Hours, 11 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

32 Kilometres | 35 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

32 Kilometres | 35 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

68 Kilometres | 60 Minutes

Taupo CBD

109 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 29 Minutes