Travelers are voting Lake Rotoiti as the best lake near Rotorua. There are 1 lake near Rotorua a city just 41 km from Rotorua and 3 lakes near North Island Volcanic Plateau which is 80 km distant. The most popular of these are Lake Rotoiti near Rotorua and Lake Rotoaira in North Island Volcanic Plateau. You can find 2 lakes in Bay of Plenty and 35 lakes in the country of New Zealand. Our members favorite in Bay of Plenty is Lake Rotoiti and Lake Manapouri is the top pick in New Zealand. Want more? Check out our map of lakes near Rotorua.