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Aongatete River Run, Bay of Plenty

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Aongatete River RunIntermediate - Experienced

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



DoC Tracks to start with, turning into river run

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Start at Aongatete lodge, run the easy DoC track to the Aongatete river. Cross here and head up the hill until you reach the North/South track, turning south. Run this until you again reach the Aongatete River. Here you leave the track and enter the river heading down stream, combination of rocks and small river crossings. At some points you need to jump from small waterfalls into the pools below.

Water is clean and clear to allow good sight of depth. Follow river down stream until you get to a fork where another stream joins.

A small track to the right of this stream allows a safe path around a waterfall.

Follow this upstream for a couple of hundred meters until you see the Orange triangle indication the 'Swimming Hole Track' - take this back to carpark.

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Features of interest

Run includes a river portion requiring a number of small waterfall jumps.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Technical Single Track: 45%

Easy Single Track: 25%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Aongatete Loop

Aongatete Loop

Length: 8.50km


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  • Access

    Public carpark at entrance to Aongatete Lodge. Trail starts to left of driveway, well marked

    Public carpark, good amount of parking

    18 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    Plenty of water in river but consider a Steripen / water treatment.

    Suggest to only attempt this in summer with lower water flows in river

    As there is a need to jump into pools of water, please check best you can for depth, other hazards i.e. tree branches etc.

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