Landcare Ōkareka is another active volunteer group who maintain most of the public areas and walkways to a high standard, which has been recognised by a number of environment enhancement and beautification awards.
Landcare Okareka volunteer group was formed in May 2003, initially to assist Rotorua District Council with management of the Lake Okareka Walkway Reserve. Volunteers undertake on going weed control; planting (over 12-13 years volunteers have planted 1000's of native plants); we also manage rat bait to the Lake Okareka settlement area (in support of Rotorua Forest & Bird's pest control project in Tikitapu Scenic Reserve to help native mistletoe), landowners and residents own their bait stations: Landcare Okareka has an active pest animal trapping programme targeting rats and mustelids in the esplanade margins around Lake Okareka, to protect native wetland bird life, especially dab chicks. Working Bees are usually held on 4th Saturday of each month February to November. 9am to 12noon