lake ōkāreka

Forest | Lakes
Lake Ōkāreka is a stunning smaller lake surrounded in native forest with a residential community which is very similar something you would see in Canada or America.
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quiet water get-away

Lake Ōkāreka is one of the four smaller lakes in the Rotorua District. It remains off the beaten path, tucked away off the main road accessing lakes Tikitapu and Tarawera. Its has a small community of mainly holiday homes.

The name Ōkāreka means “the lake of sweet food”. In early times, Māori grew sweet potatoes or kumara around the outside of the lake. Now the area is residential with a handful of recreational activities and a couple of great beaches.

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Rotorua Lakes Council

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

239 Kilometres | 3 Hours, 10 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

14 Kilometres | 18 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

14 Kilometres | 18 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

91 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

Taupo CBD

88 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 7 Minutes