Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Lake Okareka Walkway

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 5

Gnarl Factor: 13





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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.6%


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This is a mainly flat out and back with no side trails and really no way to go wrong. It is largely flat so perfect for speedwork, but if you haven't been there before, take it slower and check out the myriad birdlife.

Amazing variety of birdlife, great lake views.

Parking for several vehicles off the road

12 km

17 minutes




No way you can go wrong here... when you reach the end of the formed trail, turn around!

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

A whole lake full

Great in all weather - well made and boardwalk. The occasional puddle or small patch of mud in winter

Nothing of note

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Kaitlyn Martin

has completed Lake Okareka Walkway twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Beaut little run - very scenic

Rob Holm

September 7, 2022

Great short run, did this while visiting from out of town. Not far from Rotorua, easy access, scenic and interesting (took time to stop and read the info boards).
If your looking for another short run to add on nearby, do a lap of the Blue Lake (5k)

Adrian Rhodes

June 2, 2022

Great run for the whole family with convenient markers every 250 metres.

Anthony Sowerby

May 8, 2022

Nice easy run to get some stunning views without have to hike up a hill

Raewyn Peters

May 4, 2021

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