in Mount Maunganui
Hotels in Rotorua
driven a lot between Tauranga and Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty I
always promised myself a stop at Okere Falls.
a little village about 21 km from Rotorua and a half-hour drive
one side of the road you have the very pretty lake with houses perched
on the shoreline, together with a kayaking course, and on the other
there is a turnoff to see the falls themselves.
a bit of spare time the brakes were applied, the indicator switched
on and off we drove down the side road to Okere Falls.
a very quick time we were at the carpark and trying to work out
which ay to go to see the cascades.
could hear them but couldn't see them so followed the most obvious
path up a slight rise.
there you could walk to a lookout and could get a very nice view
of the falls surrounded by bushland.
you are lucky - we were - you can get to see some of the kayakers
hooning over the falls.
the carpark if you go in the other direction you'll come to a set
of steps that takes you down to a little viewing area right by the
note that the Depertment of Conservation says the Kaituna River
at the falls has dangerously strong currents and waterfalls. So
be careful when visiting.