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Lake Okareka
Travel Guide

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

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is ¥7,059 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"Was a fantastic place to stay. Thank you 😊 beautiful"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is ¥9,711 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

This family-friendly Lake Okareka apartment building is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Cosy and Comfortable

"A little further from town than we normally stay, but it was a great choice. The local lake is an easy walk away with a jetty to jump off. Only a few minutes drive from the blue lake and the mountain bike trails on that side. The apartment was cute, comfortable with all the mod cons. And a good amount ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
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Situated in Lake Okareka, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi is 3.1 mi (5 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay. The hosts were amazing and the place was mint. Highly recommended if you want to spend some time away from Auckland or anywhere else in NZ and the world. We will be staying here again the next time we travel to Rotorua."…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Lake Okareka

Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is ¥9,711 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

This family-friendly Lake Okareka apartment building is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Cosy and Comfortable

"A little further from town than we normally stay, but it was a great choice. The local lake is an easy walk away with a jetty to jump off. Only a few minutes drive from the blue lake and the mountain bike trails on that side. The apartment was cute, comfortable with all the mod cons. And a good amount ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region

Situated in Lake Okareka, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi is 3.1 mi (5 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay. The hosts were amazing and the place was mint. Highly recommended if you want to spend some time away from Auckland or anywhere else in NZ and the world. We will be staying here again the next time we travel to Rotorua."…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Chalet Near The Lake - Lake Okareka Sleeps 14
Chalet Near The Lake - Lake Okareka Sleeps 14
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region

Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lake Okareka and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tikitapu and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Redwoods Whakarewarewa ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Relaxing holiday

"Great getaway for all the family"…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Chalet Near The Lake - Lake Okareka Sleeps 14
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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