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RTRC Natives Loop, Bay of Plenty

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RTRC Natives LoopBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Bay of Plenty


Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


2 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
45 (Fast)



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Starting from the carpark head out on the trail towards Blue Lake with Tarawera Road on your left. You will pass a couple of mountain bike trails off to your right and at about 450m you will see another trail to your right... look in and you should see pink ribbons to guide you. Follow the pink ribbons as this new trail winds its way up and eventually you will pop out of the bush next to Eagle vs Shark MTB trail. Cross over onto the walking trail and follow it to the clearing with the picnic table. Stop and take it the vista!

Head out the other side on the 4wd forestry track ignoring all the MTB trails until you merge with and then come to the intersection at the top of Hill Road. At this point you take a right onto the forestry road down the hill (Direct Road). Follow this to where the road splits and take the right track (Indirect Road) ignoring all side trails.

Follow this lovely tree-lined trail for about a kilometre until you come to a clearing with multiple trails coming and going, look on your right for Apumoana Exit - you will see that walkers and runners are allowed down this trail. Being an uphill MTB trail this is fantastic downhill running, just be aware of the upcoming bikes and you will have a blast.

About 2.5km later the trail splits (ignore any side trails before that) take the right hand split and you will come onto a forestry road shortly after... head left to the next intersection and on the corner look for another shared trail called Te Pou-Koropu. Follow this lovely winding and runnable trail all the way back to the carpark - you will cross one forestry road, just look for the trail continuation on the other side.

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Features of interest

Some lovely knarly trail that is 'only just' formed... also some amazing views over Lake Rotorua and Lake Okareka.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Start at the Forest Hub - Te Putake O Tawa - on Tarawera Rd on the way out to the Blue Lake.

    Massive Carpark, toilets and cafe all there for before you start or after you finish.

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  • Staying Safe


    If you miss the right branch at the bottom of Apumoana you will come onto another Forestry Road, turn right and go to the next intersection where the next trail starts.


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

    Nothing other than at the carpark at each end.

    Rotorua is pretty good underfoot all year round, tree roots however can be slippery when wet.

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