Otanewainuku Summit looking north east towards Otawa Trig in background

Image: Lance Knauf | Creative Commons


Explore Otanewainuku Forest on these short walks - there's an easier option for families with children.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various times under 2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Rimu loop walk

Time: 45 min return

This gently graded walk with some impressively large rimu trees is suitable for walking children - it's not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

It starts from the opposite side of the road near the carpark. 

Lookout 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. The lookout 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.

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.

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
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
Postal Address:   PO Box 9003
Greerton West
Tauranga 3142
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