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Experience Mount Otanewainuku's natural features on a variety of short walking tracks.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various times under 2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Whataroa waterfall, Otanewainuku
Whataroa waterfall is a popular
swimming hole and picnic spot

Summit Track

Time: 1 hr 30 min return

The loop track to the summit starts behind the shelter and is reasonably steep in parts, but the view from the top is worth the climb. A tower constructed on the summit (640 metres) offers panoramic views from East Cape to Mount Tarawera and Rotorua, and across the Mamaku Plateau to Mount Ruapehu.

Rimu Loop Walk

Time: 45 min return

The rimu loop walk starts from the opposite side of the road near the carpark. It is a gently graded walk that features some impressively large rimu trees, and finishes back at the road. Although a gentle walk, this track is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Mountain Road to Whataroa Falls

Time: 60 min one way

For the slightly more agile a well marked route branches off the rimu loop track after 15 minutes and undulates through the forest to the Whataroa Falls. The waterfall is a popular swimming hole and picnic spot Explore this lovely stream with cascades and pools before returning the same way.

Beyond the waterfall this track goes north to the main ridge track which leads to Otawa Scenic Reserve. It is around 18.5 km or 9 hours to Upper Papamoa Road. For a map and further information contact the local DOC office.

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Getting there

Located south of Tauranga and Te Puke.

Take Oropi Road south from Tauranga and turn onto Mountain Road just past Oropi. There is a small car park, public shelter, toilet and picnic area by the road. Alternatively, access Mountain Road from No 2 Road near Te Puke.

Know before you go

No mountain biking permitted.


Tauranga Office
Phone:      +64 7 578 7677
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