The Blue Lake Track, which circles Lake Tikitapu, is a welcome refuge from the bustle of Rotorua. The short loop, nestled between Whakarewarewa Forest Park and Lake Tikitapu Scenic Reserve, provides an unusual blend of native flora and redwoods, which dominate the canopy and smell delightful.
Far from strenuous, this is a track to tackle first thing in the morning or after an early dinner, while the golden light touches the surrounding hills and the lake is undisturbed by watercraft and swimmers. There are several secluded beaches on the southern edge of the lake, as well as a pleasant viewpoint from which Lake Tikitapu and Rotokakahi can be seen. The latter is tapu to local iwi and swimming is prohibited. Its shores were once well-populated by Māori, and its island, Motutawa, is an ancestral burial place. The complete loop includes a short section of roadside walking, but it is pleasant throughout nonetheless.