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Nice quick short walk. Watch the fishermen fish for trout.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Central North Island, Rotorua
        • Distance: 0.50 kms
        • Time needed: 35 minutes
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 419m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Very quiet relaxing country outlook. Also a very popular trout fishing lake. Watching them fly fish for trout is great fun.

  • Track Quality

    Grass track

  • Hazards

    Don’t up set the trout fisherman

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Drive south on Highway 30 out of Rotorua, to Taupo. Fenton St is the main road south out of Rotorua. You will know it from all the motels and hotels along is full length. You’ll drive past Rainbow Mountain. At 26km there is a turn off to the left on to Highway 38. This highway goes to a forestry town called Murupara, then on to Lake Waikaremona then on to the east coast of NZ, to a town on called Wairoa. Turn to the left, drive for 1.2km then turn to the left onto Okaro Rd. Drive 800m to the Okaro car park. Driving home, keep driving down Okaro Rd. For 7.9km then turn right, back on to the main Highway and back in to Rotorua

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  • Map location of Lake Okaro Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Lake Okaro – Start

Just before the turn off to Highway 38 to Murupara and lake Waikaremoana, unless it is raining, you will see Rainbow Mountain. Looking very close, you might see the transmitter and fire watchers hut sitting on the very top of Rainbow Mountain.

Point 2: Lake Okaro – The walk

I was surprised to see how very clean the toilets were for this far out in the country, yes it is strange to talk about toilets, but when you are on the road and need  a pit stop,  it is very surprising to see a clean fresh smelling toilet. A short board walk has been build around the wet land so you can stretch the legs and maybe spot a rare teal duck or an eel swimming under your feet, it wakes you up from that long exhausting drive very quickly. If you are driving on to Rotorua, for a change of scenery, drive back along the Okaro Rd, you will pass the Waimanga thermal valley on the right hand side of the road.  You will have to dig out a few $ from your pocket to gain entry.   Don’t try your hand at trout fishing, without buying a fishing license. You can lose your fishing gear and car to the government without one.

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Contact info

Lake Okaro Campsite 699/859 Okaro Road, Whakarewarewa, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand

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