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Lake Rotoiti at Otaramarae

Lake Rotoiti is popular for water sports and fishing. Travel on SH33 for 2.6km past the Okere Falls Store and turn right onto Maniatutu Road, then right onto Otaramarae Road. There is a boat ramp and playground where the road reaches the lake.


Lake Rotoiti is renowned around the world and offers some of the best fishing in New Zealand. The lake provides plenty of opportunity for waterskiing, and if you’re wanting to ski from shore then there are 8 ski-lanes around the lake, from Hot Water Beach to Hinehopu. If you have a boat there are myriads of little bays and beaches all around Rotoiti you can explore. However if you’re relying on a car to get you to a beach you are more limited. Although there are public areas at Okere Falls, Otaramarae and Gisborne Point, the main two public beaches readily accessible by car are Ruato Bay and Hinehopu. Both have picnic areas and Hinehopu has public toilets and also coin-operated bbqs

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