Submitted by Melissa Franklin
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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. As you continue on this trail you will eventually get to Nursery road, turn left here and then right at the next intersection of Trig and Nursery road. Continue on Nursery road up and over and once down the hill just past Katore road (before the road becomes sealed) you will see the trail going off to your left (Radio Hut road). Continue to follow this trail watching for the yellow markers. At one point you will come to a sign giving your the option of "main track" and "alternative". I went to the right here and this allow me to go up to the lookout and see the views which I highly recommend. From this point continue to follow this track and it you will arrive back at the Waipa entrance and remember to look for the trail back to the carpark on your right.
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Features of interest
Views of Te Puia and Geysers as well as Rotorua and lake.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 70%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%
Carpark at end of Te Puia, where State Highways 30 and 5 meet
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.
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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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