Lake Ōkaro

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Lake Ōkaro

Formed approximately 700 years ago, Lake Ōkaro is a significant taonga (treasure) to the Ngāti Whaoa and Ngāti Tahu tribes. It’s the smallest of the Rotorua lakes under public management and is known for its quiet rural setting, surrounded by serene farmland.

While the lake has poor water quality, it’s generally safe for recreational activities such as trout fishing and water-skiing.

Water quality in Lake Ōkaro has fluctuated over the last 10 years. Historically, the lake has suffered from significant algae problems due to the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus - a result of actions to reduce nutrients coming from the (mainly agricultural) catchment and targeted alum dosing to lock phosphorus in the sediments. All actions in Lake Ōkaro's current action plan have been completed.

Current Lakes Closures / Events

8 - 10 March 2019

Event / Who

Barefoot Waterski Competition, Barefoot Water Ski Club

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA

Description

Details TBA

Provisional Booking

There are no health warnings.
Recent Monitoring Results
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There are currently no health warnings for Ōkaro
Water Quality
Recent Blue Green Algae
Monitoring Results
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News & Events

Lake Rotorua science review completed

Lake Rotorua science review completed

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Lake Ōkāreka update February 2019

Lake Ōkāreka update February 2019

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Health warning lifted for Lake Okaro

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Progress on post-flood action plan for Ngongotahā

Progress on post-flood action plan for Ngongotahā

Joint Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty...

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Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

Farmers from the Rerewhakaaitu community are...

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Lake Ōkāreka update

Lake Ōkāreka update

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has prepared a...

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