Lake Rotoiti West
The west end of Lake Rotoiti is a mini hotspot for things to do in the Rotorua region. There is accommodation along State Highway 33 as it runs with the lake, and the superb Okere Falls Store + Craft Beer Garden to cover your coffee needs.
There is also access to the fabulous short Okere Falls Track above the actual Okere Falls and rapids of the Kaituna River. This walk uniquely combines history of the NZ tourism and hydro power industries with pretty native forest regrowth, access to a cave, and viewpoints of waterfalls and rapids. You can also try out white water rafting with Rotorua Rafting or ziplining with Rotorua Ziplines.
In addition, this end of the lake faces the sunrise, so start early to find a place to stop between Okere Falls and Okawa Bay. Add some early morning lake mist for a magical moment. From there, head to the cafe before setting out to explore the Okere Falls Track on the Kaituna River. The walk can be done in an hour but we recommend allowing a leisurely two or three!