The tranquil Lake Rotongata is ringed with a thatch of raupo, which provides habitat for scaup and dabchicks. The larger Lake Rotoatua is a clearer lake with dense podocarp forests descending steeply to its shores.
The start of the track is signposted directly opposite the turnoff to the Okataina Outdoor Education Centre, 4.3km down Okataina Road from SH30. Ample parking is provided in the grounds near the Education Centre.
Walk the access road from the Education Centre to Okataina Road.
The track is marked with orange triangles and climbs for 25 minutes over a leafy forest floor to a lookout above Lake Rotongata. Take care supervising children, as the lookouts are perched above steep drops and some areas are unfenced.
A series of lookouts above Lake Rotoatua are on the left before you reach a junction with the Anaha Track. Head right for 5 minutes to rejoin the road 1km south of the Education Centre.
Lakes Rotongata and Rotoatua occupy a bisected volcanic crater, formed around 3,500 years ago.
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Tikitere
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