Otematata is a summer-holiday hotspot and is humming with campers, cyclists and other nature lovers during the camping season. There are four council-managed campgrounds in the area with other comfortable accommodation options available too. Positioned on the edge of Lake Aviemore, Otematata is a great base for exploring the two nearby hydro dams, Benmore and Aviemore and taking the spectacular Benmore Peninsular Walk. If you want to see something truly awesome, then take this walk.
Benmore Dam which is the largest rammed earth dam in New Zealand and the second largest hydro-electricity producer in the country. Also nearby is the Otematata Wetlands which is a tranquil place to stop and relax.
As summer winds down and the days shorten, the area transforms with strong autumn colours from golden poplars and willow flanking the edges of the lake.