Lake Okareka

In early times, Māori grew sweet potatoes or kumara around the outside of the lake. The lake is now a very popular recreational resource and residential area.

History & Legends

Its name means "the lake of sweet food". In early times, Māori grew sweet potatoes or kumara around the outside of the lake. The lake is now a very popular recreational resource and residential area.

Lake Okareka has reasonably clear, clean water and is used extensively for recreation such as boating, swimming and fishing.

 

Fishing

Rainbow trout only. Yearly restocking maintains good numbers of fish and they are usually in excellent condition.

Fly fishing, spinning, trolling with lead or wire lines is permitted. Early season and summer fly fishing is not very rewarding but improves in the autumn. In spring, deep trolling under the hills of the north eastern side is good using 100m of LED line. Shallow trolling or harling early morning or evening is productive.

Fly and spin fishing really comes alive in winter from April to July, and fly fishing at night is especially productive. The best areas are Boyes Beach and around the small stream which flows in at the north east end of the beach, the jetty area, the beach and at the lake outlet (access by boat) where great numbers of fish congregate to spawn.

 

 

Walking Tracks

This 5.5km return walk starts at Acacia Road and follows the lake-edge to the Okareka Outlet.  The walk features farmland, beach, lake and wetland scenery, expansive views and wildlife.  It is part of an ongoing re-vegetaion project aimed at improving lake water quality and re-establishing wildlife habitats.  A 500m boardwalk provides assisted pram or wheelchair access to the wetland area.

 

 

Camping
Lake Okareka Campsite

The turnoff to the DOC run Lake Okareka campsite starts where the seal ends. This lake-side camp site allows campers on a budget to camp in a safe and secluded setting, just 15m drive from Rotorua.

 

Venture off the beaten track & visit the beautiful Lake Okareka where the forest, reserves & walking trails offer a range of recreational activities & scenery.

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Pricing & Conditions

Free