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Place Category: Free Activity
Lake Okataina was an important link in pre-European travel routes, when canoes were carried from Lake Tarawera to Lake Okataina. The lake and surrounding scenic reserve is remote and beautiful, with native bush down to the water’s edge containing fine examples of rimu, totara, rata and kahikatea.
This lake has limited spawning grounds and the balance of trout is maintained by an annual liberation. An abundance of food, smelt, koura (crayfish), snails and bullies enables trout to reach trophy size in a short time.
Follow the Rotorua-Whakatane highway (SH30) for 24km to Ruato Bay on Lake Rotoiti, then turn right and drive through the beautiful Okataina Scenic Drive.
A boat is necessary for fishing, although during the winter spawning runs wonderful fly fishing is available along the beach in front of Okataina Lodge.
There are several walking tracks in this area:
TE AUHEKE TRACK (CASCADES TRACK)
WESTERN OKATAINA WALKWAY
EASTERN OKATAINA WALKWAY