Last Updated: 20th May 2024

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Mount Ngongotaha

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Ben Alton

Last Updated: 20th May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 63 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.3%


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Estimated Times to Run







Starting at the carpark you climb along the nature loop to the jubilee track which will take you to the summit road end. Once you reach the summer road, turn left and runs short distance on the road to the summit and the radio mast. There is not usually a view, due the trees at the top of the hill.

Return the same way.

This trail includes the peak Ngongotaha.

100m from the start of the track.

Drive along Paradise Valley Road from the end of Clayton Road/Pukehangi road intersection

7 km

9 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone

There is no water on this track

Can be slippery in the wet

Rooty and rocky

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Trail Reviews

Gnarly! Starts off relatively easy but when you turn onto the Jubilee track, it is rocky, rooty and steep. When I completed this trail, it was raining heavily and the track was more or less a stream. Tough going up, treacherous, going back down....! There is a nice nature loop as a more gentle alternative. Minimal views because of the dense foliage - one lookout part way up which has good view over the thermal parks....very steamy due to all the rain...

David Hosking

October 21, 2023

Track markings are good and you get a great workout on the climb, be ready to walk/power hike.

Has no view from the top and there are often a number of trees down across the track.

Definitely worth the run, though

Ben Alton

August 11, 2021

Rooty goodness!

Raewyn Peters

May 7, 2021

Nice climb up through the native forest, slippery in the wet - I certainly found it more of a hike than a run for majority of the trail. View from the top isn't great but a couple of viewpoints on the lower Nature Loop more than make up for this!

Robbie Hammond

August 29, 2020

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