When Lake Atiamuri is first seen, the water appears to be almost black although it is in fact clean and has good visibility.
Lake Atiamuri was formed in 1958 when the Waikato River was dammed for hydroelectric power generation.
The name Okataina means "The lake of laughter", a shortened form of the original name Te Moana-i-kataina-a-Te Rangitakaroro.
Camping, picnicking, swimming and boating are all popular recreational activities at Lake Rerewhakaaitu Recreational Reserve.
Rotoehu means "turbid" or discoloured waters.
Lake Rotoiti is one of the three largest lakes in the Rotorua region. Surrounded by lush native bush, it also features glow worm caves and a secluded hot pool complex.