Otanewainuku walking tracks

Track category

Walking 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 Waterfall

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. 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 contact the local DOC office.

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.


Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching
Child/family friendly activities Child/family friendly activities

Bird and wildlife watching

Good populations of robin, kereru and common native birds such as tui and fantail are readily seen and heard at Otanewainuku.

Child/family friendly activities

The short rimu loop walk is an excellent nature trail and an introduction to New Zealand native bush for children, with an easy grade and some trees labelled with information about their natural history. The track is suitable for sturdy pushchairs but these must be carried through some short sections of steep/narrow track.

About the area

Mount Otanewainuku is covered in virgin forest and bird life is prolific. Emergent podocarps, especially rimu, are common and tawa, kamahi and rewarewa form the canopy.

Plan and prepare

Note: Some of these short walks require more than one hour.

No dogs are permitted in the Otanewainuku Scenic Reserve.

No Mountain biking permitted.

Related link

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust 

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