Lake Okareka is one of the smaller Rotorua lakes and is situated in a picturesque setting of hills, native forest and reserves.

The first part of the walkway is through native trees and shrubs before entering into a wetland. These wetlands are home to a range of aquatic birds such as swan, geese, pukeko, coot and scaup. A timber boardwalk has been constructed alongside a hide for bird watching opportunities.

The walkway and composting toilets are pushchair and wheelchair accessible as far as Silver Beach - around 2km from the start. The walkway continues past Silver Beach to a higher level before descending to the lake outlet. 

The walkway starts from a Council lakeside reserve on Acacia Road, and continues for approximately 2.5km around the shore to the outlet. The return walk takes about an hour and a half, and showcases native vegetation, farmland, beach, lake and wetland scenery, expansive views and wildlife. The walkway and toilet facilities are pushchair and wheelchair accessible as far as Silver Beach (a distance of about 2 km). Bicycles and dogs are not permitted.

Lake Okareka is situated 9km southeast of Rotorua. Follow Tarawera road to Tikitapu/Blue Lake and take a left onto Okareka Loop Road. Once you reach the lake, turn right onto Acacia Road. The walkway starts from a lakeside reserve on Acacia Road and continues for approximately 2.5km around the shore to the outlet.