Lake Rotokākahi is one of four small lakes lying between Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera. Its name means ‘lake of the shellfish’ (kakahi), due to the abundant edible shellfish once found in the lake's sandy bed, but many refer to it as the ‘Green Lake’ due to its emerald green colour.
The lake is privately owned by local iwi (tribes) and is considered tapu or sacred, with no swimming, fishing or boating permitted. Prior to the eruption of Mount Tarawera, Rotokākahi was once heavily populated and is now famous for its small island, Motutawa, which is the burial ground of many Māori ancestors.
People come from near and far to enjoy tranquil strolls along the banks of Lake Rotokākahi, where a number of hidden coves await. Hiking through the lush tree-covered hills around the lake is the perfect opportunity to spot native flora and bird species.
Decisions about Lake Rotokākahi are made by its Board of Control.