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Lake OkarekaNew Zealand

Despite its pretty views and charming, leafy walks, this picturesque lake manages to remain relatively crowd-free and peaceful.

Lake Okareka’s deep, blue waters are bordered by wooded, undulating hills. Walk through forests and relax on the shore while you fish for juicy trout.

This lake is known to the area’s Maori population as the “Lake of Sweet Food” as tribes once grew sweet potatoes in the area’s lush, sloping fields. Today, the lake, which is out of sight from the main tourist routes, remains little-visited by outsiders though a sizeable permanent population is present on the western shore. Enjoy the quietude and sense of serenity at this under-the-radar destination.

Lace up your boots for a hike around the forest-covered edges of the lake. Amble along in the shade of indigenous ferns and trees, stopping occasionally to marvel at spectacular views of the water. Along the trails are secluded coves as well as big open fields that stretch out into the distance from the southern shoreline. Consider packing a picnic and stopping to pause and eat at whatever scenic spot appeals to you most.

Fishing fans can cast off into the pristine waters here. Find several prime fishing bays along the western shore. Among the most fruitful fishing spots is Boyes Beach at the lake’s northwest end. The waters here are well-stocked with rainbow trout so it shouldn’t be too long before a fish tugs at your line. Fishing from a boat is also popular here, particularly in the northern area of the lake.

Lake Okareka is a 20-minute drive southeast of Rotorua. Parking is available at Boyes Beach on the northwestern side of the lake. Accommodation is available around Okareka should you want to stay a few nights and explore the lake and surrounding area even further.

Top Hotels in Lake Okareka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka

Situated on a lake, this holiday park is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Tamaki Maori Village, and Rotorua Night Market. Blue Baths and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"Awesome facility, beautiful location, friendly staff. Definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Retreat on the Ridge
Retreat on the Ridge
3.5 out of 5
4 Ridge Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua

Situated in Lake Okareka, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest ...

Retreat on the Ridge
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua
The price is ¥8,233 per night

Situated in Rotorua, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eat Street and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Skyline Rotorua are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (566 reviews)

"Close to Eat Street very nice good parking great staff"…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Regent of Rotorua

Popular places to visit in Lake Okareka

Lake Tikitapu
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Lake Tikitapu

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Explore one of the region’s most beautiful lakes and relax on the beach beside the sparkling water.

Lake Okareka
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Lake Okareka

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Okareka, a lovely green space in Lake Okareka. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Lake Rotokakahi
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Lake Rotokakahi

With stunning views and a serene atmosphere, it is easy to understand why this lake is regarded as sacred by the local Maori.

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(150 reviews)

One of the largest lakes on the North Island, this location offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as a fascinating geological and cultural history.

Lake Rotoiti
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Lake Rotoiti

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves. 

Skyline Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Take in the splendid scenery during a gondola ride and jump in a luge cart to navigate your way down the exciting mountain track.

Top things to do in Lake Okareka

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥5,951
Per adult
Eco Thermal Park Tour
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Eco Thermal Park Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥10,645
Per adult
Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour
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Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥11,300
Per adult
Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance
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Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,661
Per adult
Katoa Jet & Mokoia Island Tour
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Katoa Jet & Mokoia Island Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥6,620
Per adult
Shweeb Racer Ride
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Shweeb Racer Ride

90% of travellers recommend
¥3,678
Per adult

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