Travelers are voting Lake Rotoiti as the best lake near Rotorua. There are 3 lakes near North Island Volcanic Plateau a city just 68 km from Rotorua and 1 lake near New Plymouth which is 133 km distant. The most popular of these are Lake Rotoaira near North Island Volcanic Plateau and Lake Dive in New Plymouth. 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 Blue Lake is the top pick in New Zealand. Want more? Check out our map of lakes near Rotorua.