Okere Falls Walk

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Okere Falls Scenic Reserve is a 23.3Km drive from Rotorua.

The Okere Falls walk is a very easy 3km round trip walk that will take you around an hour to complete. Walk along side the Kaituna River and view the famous Okere and Tutea falls and finish off walking through stunning New Zealand native bush before arriving at the Kaituna Trout Pool.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: North Island NZ
  • Distance: 3 km
  • Time needed: 1 Hour
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 56m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

Okere Falls Car Park

As you can see in the photo, no problem finding a car park. This is a great place to stop for a picnic and to stretch the legs. The toilets are just three minutes walk inside the bush.

Okere falls Lookout

The walk to Okere Falls is so easy, five minutes that is all it takes. Walk up to Turbine Junction and turn to your right you will be at Okere Lookout before you know it.

Tutea’s Cave.

Back on the main track and walk another 500 Mt, take the turn off to the right, follow your nose to Hinemoa’s Steps and onto Tutea’s Cave. Be very careful the steps can be extremely slippery. You can also walk down some wooden steps to an overlook and look back to Tutea’s Falls.

Viewing Platform

Back on the track again, a fifteen minute walk will see you at a track on your left. This track will take you to the bottom car park. Go to your right and on to the viewing platform. We arrived just in time to see two boys take the plunge. Look to the left, take the steps down to the river, stick your toe in the water and see how warm the water is.

The Trout Pool

Continue along the track to the trout pool. This will take around five minutes. Keep looking to your right, you will see a good view of the trout pool falls from the track.

The Bottom Carpark

Follow the track to the car park. We decided to walk back along Trout Pool Road for a change of scenery and to get back out into the sun and warm up.




What sort of walking and hiking gear will you need

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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