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The history of Rotokakahi
4 May 2015

Green Lake or Rotokakahi is a very sacred (tapu) lake to the Rotorua Te Arawa people so there is no fishing, boating or swimming, which is not to say you cannot go there and admire the views of the emerald Green waters and the landscape that surrounds the north side of the lake. It is privately owned by Tuhourangi descendants who are a sub-tribe of the wider Te Arawa tribe and managed by the Lake Rotokakahi Board of Control.

Prior to the eruption of Mt Tarawera, the lake was well utilised by the local maori people. Especially for its abundance of native kakahi shellfish, hence the name Rotokakahi.  From the North shores of the lake along Green Lake Rd and Lakefront Rd you can see the small island Motu-tawa. This is a burial ground for ancestors of the tribe today and also the resting place of the bones of Hinemoa.

You can access the roads that boarder Lake Rotokakahi by walking approximately halfway around the Blue Lake or Lake Tikitapu where you will come to the intersection of Lakefront Rd or you could ride through the amazing mountainbiking trails of whakarewarewa to make your way to Green Lake Rd. Either way it’s worth the effort to take in the views and see more of the lakes surroundings.

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