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  • Address: Rotorua, New Zealand

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Lake Okareka Tours

Though not as large as its surrounding neighbors, Lake Okareka is a local favorite for swimming, fishing, and boating. Children splash in refreshing water that’s backed by deep green hills, and anglers fish for Rainbow Trout, smelt, and long-finned eels. The lake is popular with birdwatchers for the dozens of different species, and you can scan the shoreline for swans, coots, ducks, shags, pukeko, gulls, and stilts. A popular boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible hugs the shore of the lake, and it makes for a leisurely stroll through farmland that stretches down to the shore. There is a small community of holiday homes that are sprinkled around the lake, and for an authentic view of the Rotorua countryside, spend a morning on a horseback trek through the hills and surrounding farmland. Since the shimmering lake is so close to downtown Rotorua, this is an easy spot to visit on a whim if the weather suddenly seems right.

Practical Info

Lake Okareka is seven miles and 15 minutes southeast of Rotorua. The boardwalk trail begins at a parking lot along Acacia Bay Road, and runs for 1.5 miles, one-way, along the shore of the lake. The round-trip walk takes about 1.5 hours and passes native bush, sandy beaches, and shaded viewpoints of the lake. 

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Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour, Rotorua, null
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Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle able to travel on land and water!

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.95
Tarawera and Lakes Sightseeing Tour with Duck Cruise, Rotorua, Duck Tours
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Tarawera and Lakes Sightseeing Tour with Duck Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

You haven’t seen Rotorua until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Jump on one of New Zealand’s only World War two landing crafts for an experience like no other. On ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.14
Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour, Rotorua, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend an afternoon exploring New Zealand’s Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. You will learn about Maori customs, traditions, ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.59

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