Lake Okataina

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Lake Okataina
Aerial view from the south
Lake Okataina is located in North Island
Lake Okataina
Lake Okataina
LocationBay of Plenty, North Island
Coordinates38°07′S 176°25′E / 38.117°S 176.417°E / -38.117; 176.417Coordinates: 38°07′S 176°25′E / 38.117°S 176.417°E / -38.117; 176.417
Typecrater lake
Basin countriesNew Zealand
Max. length6.2 km (3.9 mi)[1]
Max. width5.0 km (3.1 mi)[1]
Surface area10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi)[1]
Average depth44.0 m (144.4 ft)[1]
Max. depth78.5 m (258 ft)[1]
Surface elevation311 m (1,020 ft)[1]

Lake Okataina is the northernmost and largest of four smaller lakes lying between Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island. The others are Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), and Lake Okareka. All lie within the Okataina caldera, along its western edge.

Unlike many other lakes in the region, Lake Okataina is completely encircled by native forest. It also has no inlets or outlets. Perhaps as a result, over the past 30 years, the level of the lake has risen and fallen in a range of about 5 metres.

The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "place of laughter" for Ōkataina.[2]

The lake can be accessed by road via Hinehopu on the southern shores of Lake Rotoiti. At the end of the road there is a large sandy beach, a massive grassed area and the privately owned Okataina Lodge. Due to changes in the surface level of the lake, the lodge jetty has at times been either completely submerged or left high and dry.

The area around the lodge is heavily populated by tammar wallabies introduced from Australia in the 19th century.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lowe, D.J., Green, J.D. (1987). Viner, A.B. (ed.). Inland waters of New Zealand. Wellington: DSIR Science Information Publishing Centre. pp. 471–474. ISBN 0-477-06799-9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "1000 Māori place names". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ MacFarlane, Kristin (20 August 2006). "Where are the wallabies?". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 7 September 2010.

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