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greenBlue Tarawera Trail

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Trail

17.9 mile 28.8 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,148' 959 m
Descent: -3,148' -959 m
High: 1,565' 477 m
Low: 964' 294 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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A world-class, undulating lakeside trail, finishing at Hot Water Beach.

Kerry Suter

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Completed in 2012, this trail finally connects the famous Hot Water Beach to Tarawera Rd as a land link replete with easy benched trail. A few very short sets of stairs around either end of the trail bookend what is some of the best singletrack hiking in the region.

Description

From the Tarawera Trail carpark, the trail skirts around 'the Buried Village' before descending gradually to the lake.

From there the trail rolls gradually with only a handful of sustained climbs. Functioning toilets are peppered throughout the journey and fresh drinking water can be obtained from 'Twin Streams' (signposted) where groundwater emerges from natural springs very near the twin bridges.

The longest climb, 1.5 km in it's entirety follows Wairua, around 10km into the hike.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for wallabies which are common on the track year round.

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May 22, 2019
Alec Haahr
4:50 on trail 18mi — 5h 20m
Jan 7, 2017
Tanya du Toit

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