Lake Okaro Walk

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

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Quick Facts about this walk

  • 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

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Points of interest along the walk​

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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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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