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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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  • A peaceful lakeside walk with lots of bird life. 5km of mostly flat boardwalk or track. It took us 1 hour to walk to the end and back. 
    A peaceful lakeside walk with lots of bird life. 5km of mostly flat boardwalk or track. It took us 1 hour to walk to the end and back.  more »
  • Drive beyond the parking area and toilets at the boat ramp on Acacia Rd, alongside Lake Okareka, to find the start of the Lake Okareka Walkway. Partway along the boardwalk there is a bird hide. There....  more
    Drive beyond the parking area and toilets at the boat ramp on Acacia Rd, alongside Lake Okareka, to find the start of the Lake Okareka Walkway. Partway along the boardwalk there is a bird hide. There....  more »

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