Things to do at Rotokare

Things to do at Rotokare

Rotokare Scenic Reserve is open all day, every day to the public. Please remember to stop before entering the gates to check your vehicles, bags, and boats for pests and predators and remember to leave your pets at home.                                                                                             






How to get to Rotokare Scenic Reserve

The reserve is located just east of Eltham, South Taranaki.  Simply turn off at Eltham onto King Edward Street, follow this street (it becomes Rawhitiroa Road).  Sangster Road will be on your right, with good signs for the reserve.

Boating and Lake Recreation

Boating - the lake is currently OPEN for non-powered craft (throughout the year) and CLOSED for powered craft. 

Fishing - the lake is OPEN throughout the year for Perch Fishing ONLY (please have your license with you).

Swimming - the lake is OPEN throughout the year for swimming.


The power boating season is open from 1st December till 30th April each year, subject to Councul water quality testing (please check this Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Data webiste regularly to monitor when Rotokare is safe for recreational use. The lake often has high levels of native cyanobacteria; such bacteria can be harmful to humans, so the boat ramp is closed during the season when levels are high. Feel free to contact the South Taranaki District Council or contact us before you visit with your boat.  At all other times of the year the lake is closed to power boats for conservation purposes. However, you are welcome to use non-powered boats such as kayaks at all times throughout the year.

Visit this magical natural environment today! Your family will be amazed at the regenerating forest and abundant wildlife!