One of my favourite spots growing up, Lake Tikitapu (better known as The Blue Lake) is a popular spot for swimming, watersports and exploring. The walk is approx 1 hour (5km) around and dogs are allowed on lead.
When you reach the lake there is a huge parking area in the reserve, a playground for kids as well as proper toilet facilities etc. In summer it is especially busy, with people of all ages enjoying the water. Even though it was busy, the walking track was still fairly quiet most of the way.
The western side of the lake is a bush track, while the easten side follows the side of the road on a gravel trail. You do need to watch the ground as there are a few tree roots or muddy spots occasionally but generally there is good footing and easy walking.
The bush area itself is pretty enough, but when it opens up you get great views across the lake.
The track joins the bush side with the road side via a small car park between the Blue and Green Lakes. This is a popular viewing spot with tourists, so can be a bit busy.
The remainder of the walk is a gravel track beside the road. Still plenty of beautiful views across the lake though!
Car Parking – Plenty even if busy.
Toilets/water/bins – Yes, at parking on northern side of lake
Other – It’s a popular place, really busy in summer. It is recommended that you walk the track in a clockwise direction, so you are walking towards the traffic rather than against for the road section.