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Eastern Okataina Walkway

To the east of Rotorua is the Eastern Okataina Walkway, providing views of Mount Tarawera and opportunities for swimming in some of the region’s most beautiful lakes.

The walkway skirts along the eastern side of Lake Okataina from Tauranganui Bay, before crossing a saddle and ending at a conservation campsite in Humphries Bay on the shores of neighbouring Lake Tarawera.

Note that there is no road access to the Humphries Bay Campsite, so walkers will need to retrace their steps, arrange commercial boat or water taxi transport, or continue on as far as Tarawera Falls by walking along the adjoining Northern Tarawera Track on the northern shores of Lake Tarawera.

NB: Image taken at Humphries Bay Campsite. Credit: Department of Conservation.


The Eastern Okataina Walkway can be accessed from the Tauranganui Bay at the southern end of Lake Okataina Road, east of Rotorua.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 3 hours one way, or 6 hours return
Length: 10.5km one way, or 21km return
Created: 15 May 1986
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Eastern Okataina Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website, or read the Rotorua Recreation Guide brochure.