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Blue and Green Lake Loops, Bay of Plenty

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Blue and Green Lake LoopsBeginner - Intermediate

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



Jan 2020 until further notice: The bottom part of Lakefront Rd is closed so you can't do a full loop.

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Start from Blue Lake car park and head up the road towards Green lake. There's a slight drag up the hill to Lookout car park, or if weather allows there is a walking track that angles off into the bush and takes you up some stairs to Lookout car park. Follow the trail from the right hand corner of the car park through gate and continue along the track. At the crossroads, continue straight on up the hill. What follows is around 4km of steady downhill until you reach Branch Road on your left.

Turn down Branch Road and at the bottom take the left hand turn onto Green Lake Road. Follow this track until you reach the Green Lake Picnic Area. Left turn onto Lakefront Road and stay on this track until the top of the Green Lake Hill, steepest climb! At the crossroads, again go straight on and down to complete the loop of the Blue Lake. The trail naturally leads you back to the Blue Lake Car Park.

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Features of interest

Lake views, native bush

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Follow Tarawera Road out of Rotorua heading towards the Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu), start anywhere from lake front.

    Ample free parking at Lakefront

    11 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Be sure to take Branch Road as Eight Mile Gate Road is closed due to logging truck traffic. Do not use Mountain Bike Tracks either.

    Very patchy.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water tap at Blue Lake car park, no other water sources

    Can be prone to muddiness of Lake Front Road and on return leg of Blue Lake

    Be careful of walkers around Blue Lake, trail can narrow at points

  • Post run indulgence

    Sequioa Eatery
    Tarawera Road
    Operated by a member of Rotorua Trail Running Club, great supporter of Trail Running. Amazing food options.

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