Otanewainuku is a great place to see original forest with giant trees and healthy bird life. A volunteer trust helps to conserve the wildlife here.

Place overview


  • Toilets
  • Information panels


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Otanewainuku Forest

About this place

Nature and conservation

At 640 m, Mount Otanewainuku's geology is a rhyolitic dome rising above the ignimbrite Mamaku plateau.

Otanewainuku is covered in virgin unlogged forest and is home to a variety of native birds and animals. Large emergent rimu trees are common. Tawa, kamahi and rewarewa form a high canopy and bird species such as robin and bell bird are readily seen and heard. 

Since 2002 a volunteer trust has been helping to conserve the precious wildlife of Otanewainuku. Kiwi, whiteheads and forest gecko are all found here. Recent releases of kiwi and kokako have proved succesful.

You can help the long term survival of kiwi in Otanewainuku Forest by joining the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust.

History and culture

Maori legend says Tutanekai, lover of Hinemoa, leapt off Mount Otanewainuku to escape his Rotorua enemies.

Getting there

Otanewainuku Forest is accessible by car. Tracks through the forest lead from the car park on Mountain Rd in the Bay of Plenty.

East of SH 36 (Pyes Pa Rd) near Oropi, take Oropi Rd south and turn onto Mountain Rd just past Oropi. Alternatively, access Mountain Rd from No 2 Rd near Te Puke.

Know before you go

Otanewainuku is relatively remote, with little or no cellphone coverage.

Walkers should be well prepared for changes in weather.

Dogs are not permitted.


Tauranga Office
Phone:   +64 7 578 7677
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
Postal Address:   PO Box 9003
Greerton West
Tauranga 3142
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