Lake Okareka Walkway

Lake Okareka Walkway


9 Rankers Reviews

8 Face-to-Face

4 Tarawera

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Dawn at the lake


2.5 hour return

Includes 500m of boardwalk to access the wetland area, there are bird viewing spots scattered all around the boardwalk.


Feature Value Info


Rotorua District Council

Local government organisation


North IslandRotorua RegionTarawera


  • Walking
  • Free


Chloe B's avatar

Chloe B


Ranking: 7/10

An easy walk with some signage sharing information about the nature and history of the area. The lake is beautiful and lots of bird life. From the information on the first board, we thought we would 2 a bit about the eruption but nothing came up afterwards. Easy walk for kids but the path can be a bit narrow after the boardwalk for a pram

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Math Meyer


Ranking: 8/10

Nice landscape, interesting water.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stella and Merle


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lake and cliff diving.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Peaceful campground right next to the lake. Take a refreshing swim in the morning, noon or in the evening. Enjoy the beautiful sky at night. You will see a lot of stars and shooting stars.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Josefina Tassone


Ranking: 10/10

A hidden lake with a large number of tracks, great view and smells, also you can have a swim on that beautiful lake after.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mark & Beth Kaufman


Ranking: 8/10

Set on a beautiful, quiet lake. Very clean toilet but no other service - bring drinking water.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Natalie Maguire

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Campsite: Only a small site, but right on the bank of the river. Gorgeous location and it was cheap!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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K Wallis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great boardwalk walk. Fab toilets!!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Very small and all the vans are close together, but yu can go swimming in the lake.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick