Lake Okareka

On the hunt for treasures off the beaten track? Lake Okareka is where it’s at. 

Super-popular attractions along the tourist route have their place in any holiday but there is something to be said for the charm of the hidden away and unspoiled. Cue the town of Lake Okareka. Just 12km southeast of Rotorua, the small community sitting beside its namesake lake is surrounded by native forest, reserves and farmland. Stroll along the walking tracks and timber boardwalks or get a bit more adventurous with horse trekking. Whatever activity you choose, be prepared for awe-inspiring views.