The small village of Ngongotaha is located just 8km from the city centre of Rotorua. Therefore, it is very close to the thermal and adventure attractions of this tourist wonderland. Four of the major trout streams in the area - Hamarana, Awahou, Waiteti and Ngongotaha – are nearby and are excellent spots to spend the day waiting for a good catch.

Nearby, Lake Rotorua is the largest of the region's lakes, and is well stocked with trout. Visitors can hire a guide or fish solo during trout fishing season in October to June, although a licence is required. The vintage paddle-steamer Lakeland Queen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner cruises, or you can hire your own boat or kayak at the lake front. This 57-hectare lake provides a central base for watersports, including yachting and swimming. There are shoreline facilities for picnicking and roller skating, along with a children's playground, a miniature railway and miniature golf.