Jet Boating/water skiing

Jet Boating/water skiing

Lake Rotorangi– Off Rawhitiroa Road to Glen Nui Road – 24 km east of Eltham.  New Zealand’s longest man-made lake, over 100km of shoreline allows access to the lake for activities such as boating, fishing, water skiing and canoeing. There are three access routes, Rawhitiroa Road in Eltham, Tangahoe Valley Road inland from Hawera and Ball Road north of Patea.  All three points have boat ramps and public toilets, picnic and camping areas available. At the south end of the lake there is a designated camping area with unlimited tent sites.  Toilet and shower facilities are also available.

The Rotorangi Hydo Walk can also be found at this end of the lake.  The walk takes you over the dam and through the bush.  A feature of the walk is the black beech which, when flowering, are unequalled for the bursts of brilliant red flowers.  There are a number of seats on the walkway to rest and enjoy the peacefulness of the forest and there is also a lookout which provides a vantage point above the dam.


The walk is one and a half kilometres long and will take about 40 minutes to complete.


 Lake Rotokare– Off Rawhitiroa Road onto Sangster Road, 12 kms east of Eltham.  This lake is a place of national significance and has a walk of 4.2 km which begins in bush and is surrounded by a predator proof fence.  The fence has created a pest-free sanctuary which provides diverse habitats ranging from the lake itself to the wetlands, swamp forest and bush. 

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.  Dogs are prohibited in the reserve at all times.


Remote Adventures

902a  Taumatatahi Rd, Waitotara Valley, Ph 06 346 5747, Fax 06 346 5742,

Mountain scenic flights, pick up at Hawera and Stratford.  Remote jetboating, bush walks, guided hunting.  Self catering farm cottage and fully catered homestay.


Taranaki Outdoors Adventures Ltd

Ph 0800 200 625 or 06 272 7876,

Adventure tourism specialist with dam dropping over the 10 metre high Normanby Dam on the Waingongoro River.  Kayaks and all equipment provided. Bookings essential.  Taranaki Wide activities include abseiling, Mokau River Trips, surf kayaking and much more.