Lake Okareka Walkway, Rotorua

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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.
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.
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  • This 5km easy walk along the edge of Lake okatainu is teeming with wild fowl and there is a hide en route as well. Go to see a kingfisher which was an unexpected bonus.  more »
  • Easy track, pretty much flat all the way, only a few steps at around 2.5 km mark and then 3km mark. Very enjoyable and nice view  more »
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  • Beautiful well kept lake walk ❤️😍
  • Lovely walk with water and nature
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