Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Now we've been here a few days I know for certain that we'd only ever stay here at Lake Okareka if we came back to the rotorua area. It does make the ride to the MTB trails 10-30 minutes longer depending on where you want to start but it's just so nice and opens up all sorts of other recreational possibilities including long swims (great to cool down with after a ride - photo below), horse riding and of course paddling as well as running on the walkway alongside the lake.. When I did a paddling lap of the lake (9-10km depending on how close you stay to the bank) I discovered some sea caves and arches on peninsulas on the other side of the lake which were fun to explore. I also discovered some free (or at least very cheap) quiet campervan sites with toilets and stuff. It's an ideal place to stay for a MTB holiday out of the hustle and smell of Rotorua itself..