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Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife
The Eastern Okataina Walkway begins from the Lake Okataina Carpark (Tauranganui Bay) and leading to Humphries Bay (Lake Tarawera).
At the Trailhead at Tauranganui Bay near the Lake Okataina Lodge and Boat Ramp there is a carpark, picnic area, and good swimming beach.
The track itself can be quite strenuous, and you'll want to set aside plenty of time to complete the route and take in the incredible views. Though you'll be traveling along the water's edge for most of the way, the terrain is quite hilly. You'll have at least four steep ascents, and accompanying descents before reaching your journey's end.
At Humphries Bay on your arrival at Lake Tarawera there is a newer long-drop toilet and small area suitable for camping (occasionally full at the height of summer). There is also some good swimming to be had after a little bit of a wade out into deeper waters. The wade is worth it, as there are great views of Mount Tarawera from the water. The trail continues with a moderate-steep climb up the Northern Tarawera Track to the Tarawera Outlet.
The track is one of a group of tracts accessed from Okataina Road which turns off SH 30 (Rotorua/Whakatane highway) at Ruato, 22 km from Rotorua.
Flora & Fauna
Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve contains rimu, totara, rata and kahikatea. There are stands of Pohutukawa along the lake shores which are spectacular red in flowering season and the reserve is also filled with birdlife.
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