When summer kicks in and things start to heat up our thoughts invariably turn to the beach. But instead of heading for Tauranga or Whakatane, why not check out one of Rotorua’s beautiful beach spots? Here are some of Real Rotorua’s favourite places to go on a hot summer afternoon.

Hannah’s Bay reserve

If you’re looking for a nice shallow swimming area with a great park for the kids, then look no
further. Hannah’s Bay Reserve is on Willow avenue, not far from Rotorua Airport, and is a fantastic
place to while away those summer afternoons. With a BBQ area and wheel chair accessible wetland
walkway, there is fun to be had for all.

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)

The picture-perfect beach spots along Blue Lake are popular for very good reasons. The lake is
surrounded by native trees, providing ample shade from that ferocious summer sun, and light
reflecting off the volcanic white rhyolite and pumice bottom gives a blue appearance that just begs
to be swum in. When visited during week days to avoid the crowds, it’s hard to imagine having a
more relaxing time in a volcanic crater. But don’t panic … the last eruption here was 13,500 years

Stoney Point Reserve

This is arguably my favourite beach spot in the area. Sitting in the sand in the shade of the trees,
with a volcano staring back at you, it’s hard to believe you’re only 10 minutes from the centre of
Rotorua. There is a great swimming area for kids and it never gets too busy, even in the height of

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