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Lake Okareka is one of four small lakes lying between Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera, in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island. The others are Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), and Lake Okataina. All lie within the Okataina caldera, along its western edge.Plan trip to Rotorua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
The lake has a circumference of and lies about above Lake Tarawera. Its outlet flows underground for half a mile and forms the Waitangi waterfall. In fact, the Okareka lake seems to be connected with the Tarawera by underground channels.
This small and little-visited lake is a place of much charm, surrounded by hills nearly everywhere thickly wooded. It is quite near, but out of sight from the tourist motor route of Rotorua and Tarawera; a side road gives access to it. Anglers find good sport there, but otherwise its solitude is not disturbed yet. Many years ago a settler acquired some of the land around it, and built his house on a low-lying isthmus which connects an island-like hill in the middle of the lake with the mainland. Some of the frontage is still in private hands, but the greater part of the sylvan basin in which the lake lies has now become residential property.
Lake Okareka Walkway reviews
Lake Okareka is one of the smaller Rotorua lakes and is situated in a picturesque setting of hills, native forest and reserves. To observe water birds from the birdwatching hide. more »
Great walk for seeing a wide variety of bird life, it's an easy walk on lovely board walks. Interpretation panels are very informative about the wildlife, and there's plenty to see. Very pleasant walk more »
Beautiful well kept lake walk ❤️😍
Lovely walk with water and nature
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