On the ridge walk over Lake Rotokare
Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


Are you ready for an adventure? Rotokare is a Taranaki treasure just waiting to be discovered. Find a weta, spot the native fish and discover the secrets of this special place.
  • Take a picnic for a great day out!  
  • Find the weta motel – anyone home?
  • How many different noises can you here?
  • Where are the tuna/eels lurking?

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 5,059K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word – write it down.

Getting there: The reserve is located just east of Eltham, in South Taranaki. Turn off at Eltham onto King Edward Street, follow this street (it becomes Rawhitiroa Road). Sangster Road will be on your right, with good signs for the reserve.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Rotokare Scenic Reserve code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Rotokare Scenic Reserve

The reserve is a stunning 230 ha forested hill-country catchment with extensive wetlands and 17 ha natural lake.

Get more information about Rotokare Scenic Reserve.

It is managed by the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust. 

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