It started off a little dark this morning, due to the weather being rainy and horrid. In fact the first proper day I have had to wear trousers (rather than shorts) just to keep warm. It did get a little muggy at one point, but that was before the heavens opened and down came the rain to clear it up.
This is Lake Okareka, there isn’t too many areas of this lake were you can actually get to by car as a most of it is surrounded by thick wooded areas.
I even considered putting my feet in the water. I didn’t as we didn’t stay too long.
Unfortunately for the bad weather I couldn’t see this, however they were still beautiful.
- Tikitapu / Blue Lake was named as the place where the daughter of a high born chief lost her sacred greenstone necklace.
- The lake is 150 hectarea in size and the deepest point is 27.5 meters.
- There is no surface outlet so it is believed that the lake drains via an underground outlet to Lake Rotokakahi.
- The lake formed approximately 13,500 years ago.
- The lake gets its blue colouring from above due to reflection from white rhyolite and pumice bottom.
- Named after the shellfish taken from the lake, Kahahi.
- 440 hectares in size and the deepest point is 32 meters.
- Flows to Lake Tarawera via the Te Wairoa stream.
- The lake was formed approximately 13,300 years ago.
- The lake is privately owned by local iwi (Maori), this lake is sacred (tapu). No boating, swimming or fishing is permitted.
This is a Cicator and a female one at that, I believe it is the male ones which make the screeching noise and the females make the clicking type noise. It was quite cool to watch, when she started moving though, I moved away.