Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary
Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a stunning 230 hectare forested hill-country catchment with extensive wetlands and 17.8 hectare natural lake. Located just 12 kms east of Eltham, Lake Rotokare is a place of national significance.The Reserve is surrounded by an extensive predator proof fence which has created a pest-free sanctuary providing diverse habitats from the lake itself to the wetlands, swamp forest and bush.
Mature tawa, rewarewa and mahoe dominate the forest which is home to tui, bellbird, keruru, grey warbler, and North Island robin, plus a variety of other bird species. The lake edge habitat consists of raupo, flax, and pukatea/kahikatea swamp forest – home to notable fauna such as fernbird, spotless crake, also eels and banded kokopu in the streams and lake.
Boating, water-skiing and kayaking are popular pursuits on the lake, although power craft are excluded from the lake from May to November to provide a peaceful refuge for birdlife. There is a is a 4.2 km bush walk around the Lake. Dogs are prohibited in the reserve at all times.
For more information on the Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve go to www.rotokare.org.nz