Lake Rotoiti is popular for water sports and fishing. The lake has a navigable water link with Lake Rotorua. Among important cultural, historic and scenic sites around the lake are Okere Falls Scenic Reserve and Hinehopu/Hongi Track (Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve, Hinehopu Scenic Reserve).
The significance of this area lies in its important historic and scenic values.
Okere Falls Scenic Reserve is 21km from Rotorua on Trout Pool Road off SH 33. Hinehopu/Hongi Track is 20 km north-east of Rotorua off State Highway 30.
Plan and prepare
Dogs, horses, vehicles (including bikes and motorbikes), fires, removal of plants or animals, camping and hunting are not permitted in the reserves.
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Stop the spread and keep Rotorua lakes free of pest fish
Report any sightings of koi carp (3-70 cm) or catfish (3-40 cm). Other fish of particular concern are rudd and gambusia.
Get more information on these pest fish.
You can help by photographing any specimens caught and forwarding to your local DOC office and by following Check Clean Dry protocols.
Invasive species are a problem because they reduce water quality and can compete with native species and trout.
For further information, or to report suspicious fish, contact your local DOC office or phone 0800 DOC HOT.