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Western Okataina Walkway

Located east of Rotorua, Western Okataina Walkway is an old forestry road dating back to the early 1900s. Much of the walkway is surrounded by native forest and takes in the hills along the western side of Lake Okataina.

A short side journey from the walkway offers stunning views of Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti from the top of Mount Whakapoungakau.

The walkway is also open to mountain bikers and connects with a number of other walking tracks in the area. There is a Department of Conservation campsite at its southern entrance, off Millar Road.

NB: Image shows a mountain biker enjoying the dual-use walkway. Credit: Department of Conservation


This walkway is located east of Rotorua. The northern entrance is accessed from the Okataina Outdoor Education Centre, off Okataina Road. The southern entrance is off Millar Road near the Department of Conservation campsite at Lake Okareka.

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: 7 hours one way
Length: 16km one way
Created: 28 January 1980
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

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