Last Updated: 24th Oct 2023


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Pohaturoa Track

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 24th Oct 2023


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.0%


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Estimated Times to Run







Park at the carpark at the end of Te Puia which is on SH 5 as you head towards Taupo. Walking away from Te Puia you will see the start of the track at end of carpark. Follow this single track until you get to the Waipa entrance from mountain bike park. Follow the main road into the park and shortly you will leave this road at a small clearing with steps going up to the right. The track markers for this trail are yellow and you should easily be able to follow them along.

This trail includes the peak Pohaturoa.

Views of Te Puia and Geysers as well as Rotorua and lake.

Plenty of carparks but might be busy if Te Puia is open. I would advise you to make sure car is locked and valuables out of sight.

28 km

29 minutes




Generally good.

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

Showers and taps at Waipa entrance

wet, muddy, wind etc in winter

watch out for mountain bikers

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Trail Reviews

Loved this track...apart from some steps towards the summit, very runnable and extremely well marked. Nice views and great bush to run through!

David Hosking

October 21

Great for a beginner like me. The change of scenery is nice some good views.

Rob Holm

December 5, 2021

Great trail so close to town. Perfect to keep busy while others are mountain biking.

Alastair Henshaw

October 9, 2020

Didi it twice this week - both time managed to avoid the rain. Steps have been added since I last did it a few years ago so the lookouts are much more accessible. and views across Whakarewarewa and Rotorua to the lake are great. From the trig the steam rising amongst the forest was quite ethereal after the rain. Love the forest sections - majestic trees. Great run with a bit of everything - ups and downs, single track, redwood forest, steps and forest roads.

Anne-Louise Robertson

September 19, 2020

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