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Rotorua 2: Out and about in lake country

The main point of the weekend was to live lakeside, so water activities were going to feature strongly in our plans. When in Rome, etc.

Of our two days, the weather forecast looked best on the first that was designated ‘lakes’ day. The second would be taken up with some of the other stuff Rotorua is famed for.

Not far from our place, a couple minutes’ drive, was the Okareka Walkway. While the day got itself warmed up we went to investigate, finding beautiful native wetlands traversable by trail and boardwalk. Many flavours of bird could be seen on the lake and overhead.

As usual, my camera antics had me lagging behind at the rear. Okareka, by the way, means ‘the lake of sweet food’ referring to the sweet potatoes (kumara) grown around the lake when Maori first inhabited the area.

After lunch we went a short distance in search of Lake Tikitapu, aka the Blue Lake. We found it on the way out to the Buried Village, a local attraction (which we didn’t go to) which owes its existence, in an ironic sort of way, to the Tarawera eruption in 1886.

No surprises, Blue refers to the water. It looked kinda normal to me, though it would’ve been good to compare it to its neighbour, the Green Lake. Anyhoo, it was a nice interlude. The boys got wet. I sat on the beach and watched a line of ducks saunter past.

There was enjoyment to be had much closer to home. The kayaks were launched and I took one for a spin – a raging success, based on my ability to paddle toward an intended object (albeit in serpentine fashion), and without dropping my camera, i.e. phone… yep, that was asking for trouble. We paddled over to a reserve and swimming beach for a nosey before deciding to drive round there.

And closer to home still, there was nowhere better to start and finish each day than on the deck at our place.

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  1. Janice Strong #

    Lovely blog Hayley and the awesome photos so clear and loved the black & whites too. Nice feet!!! Janice x

    26 March 2014
    • Big ugly feet in my opinion, but thanks 🙂 (only realised after your comment that I showed them twice – horrors!) x

      26 March 2014
  2. Beautiful photos Hayley! Thanks for translating ‘okareka’.. lake of the sweet food 😉 Oh, I hope to visit this wondrous place sometime…

    26 March 2014
    • Thanks Amit, I hope you can too. It’s a good name eh, I wonder if that made it a popular place back in the day.

      26 March 2014
  3. Stunning photos as always, especially with the commentary … and, for me, the Maori reference with the kumara helps to put the history and area in perspective. (Your posts are awakening such a need for me to get back to NZ!)

    26 March 2014
    • Well with your family ties here, it’s only a matter of time surely! Thank you Cindi 🙂

      27 March 2014
  4. Beautiful photographs, Hayley. What lovely memories to show the boys when they are older. I’d love to visit NZ, I know from your pictures that I’d love it 😀

    27 March 2014
    • Come! 🙂

      The boys read this from time to time, especially when they know they might make an appearance.

      Thanks Lottie x

      27 March 2014
  5. Ali #

    Love your photos, looks like a lot of fun was had! I’m the same, always lagging behind with my camera or phone! Not sure how this will work on Kokoda…think I might have to try and restrain myself!

    29 March 2014
    • Thanks Ali.

      I had the same quandary last year for a mountain bike event. Stopped several times for snaps with a compact camera which was great for the blog post but slowed my time quite a bit. And the Kokoda is quite a bit longer. It’s a tricky one!

      1 April 2014
  6. What beautiful photos and it looks like such a serene place!

    13 April 2014
  7. Sigh, how beautiful. I love this set of photos – a dream place to enjoy life.

    21 April 2014

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