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Tarawera Trail

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


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17.9

Miles

28.8

KM

Out and Back

1,565' 477 m

High

964' 294 m

Low

3,148' 959 m

Up

3,148' 959 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kerry Suter

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Lookout for the benched trail. :)
Aug 6, 2016 near Rotorua, NZ
Mushrooms and free-flowing trail.
Aug 6, 2016 near Rotorua, NZ
Singletrack. This is why you came.
Aug 6, 2016 near Rotorua, NZ
Hot Water is Hot. Seriously though, BE CAREFUL.
Aug 6, 2016 near Rotorua, NZ
SQUADRUN babes finishing at Hot Water Beach.
Jul 13, 2016 near Rotorua, NZ

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Dec 21, 2019
Ed Newbold
May 22, 2019
Alec Haahr
4:50 on trail 18mi — 5h 20m
Jan 7, 2017
Tanya du Toit