Okere Falls

Travel Guide
Okere Falls Scenic Reserve featuring forest scenes, rapids and a river or creek

Go white-water rafting, hike along the river, go fishing for trout or take it easy with a lakeside picnic in this water-rich neighbor town of famous Rotorua.

Okere Falls hugs the shores of Lake Rotoiti and the town was named after its nearest waterfalls. The lake’s waters spill out into the Okere Inlet, flow into the Kaituna River and plunge down several waterfalls. Kaituna is a Māori name referring to the abundance of food in the river, but that’s not the only reason why people flock here.

Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for an adrenaline rush. White-water rafting over the Okere Falls and the nearby Tutea Falls is an amazing experience and is also exhilarating to watch from the shore. Expect to plunge 23 feet (7 meters) down into a mass of foaming water while you hold on for life. Tutea Falls is among the highest commercially rafted falls in the world, but experienced local guides help make it safe.

Witness the spectacle without getting wet from the Okere Falls Track, a scenic rainforest pathway that takes you along the river, past four waterfalls, into a hidden cave and finally down to a fishing basin.

At the first viewing area, peer down at the Okere Falls and the remains of the old hydroelectric power station, which ran here from 1901 to 1939.

From the Tutea Falls viewing platform, walk down the stone Hinemoa’s Steps which were carved out in 1907. Ponder the fact that, in early wars, Māori women and children would climb down into this cave with ropes, a precarious journey. At the bottom, peer into Tutea’s Cave, named after a local Māori chief. Turn your back to see the rafters plunge down the thundering waterfall.

Continue to the end of the Okere Falls Track to reach the Trout Pool. If you already bought a fishing licence, drop a line in and catch your own dinner. Alternatively, just stand quietly near the water for a chance to see the fish swim in the shallows.

Okere Falls is 20 minutes to the northeast of the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, which has all the visitor facilities you may need. Okere Falls itself has lakeside camping grounds, a great place to be at sunset.

The Love Shack  luxury Lake Edge Escape.
The Love Shack luxury Lake Edge Escape.
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this cottage in Okere Falls. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
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Mini break
"Thanks for the stay at this beautiful location - our second time visiting this little gem of a place - thoroughly enjoyed. Great for a quiet unwind and escape from the day to day."

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2022

The Love Shack luxury Lake Edge Escape.
Okere Retreat - Pet Friendly Okere Falls Holiday Home
Okere Retreat - Pet Friendly Okere Falls Holiday Home
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this holiday home in Okere Falls. Enjoy on-site parking, a TV and a kitchen. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Tree top weekend.
"Lovely spacious tree top house, private in leafy area. Great for us having a catch up with our daughter and fiancé. Enjoyed the recommended walk at the falls and the Okere Falls store. Would stay there again."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

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Lakeside Villa - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakeside Villa - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this holiday home in Okere Falls. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and barbecues. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Wonderful weekend
"The most gorgeous spot on the lake with fab weather so made for a very relaxing long weekend"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2022

Lakeside Villa - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Love Shack  luxury Lake Edge Escape.
The Love Shack luxury Lake Edge Escape.
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this cottage in Okere Falls. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Mini break
"Thanks for the stay at this beautiful location - our second time visiting this little gem of a place - thoroughly enjoyed. Great for a quiet unwind and escape from the day to day."

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2022

The Love Shack luxury Lake Edge Escape.
Okere Retreat - Pet Friendly Okere Falls Holiday Home
Okere Retreat - Pet Friendly Okere Falls Holiday Home
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this holiday home in Okere Falls. Enjoy on-site parking, a TV and a kitchen. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Tree top weekend.
"Lovely spacious tree top house, private in leafy area. Great for us having a catch up with our daughter and fiancé. Enjoyed the recommended walk at the falls and the Okere Falls store. Would stay there again."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

Okere Retreat - Pet Friendly Okere Falls Holiday Home
Lakeside Villa - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakeside Villa - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this holiday home in Okere Falls. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and barbecues. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Wonderful weekend
"The most gorgeous spot on the lake with fab weather so made for a very relaxing long weekend"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2022

Lakeside Villa - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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