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Single Rainbow, Bay of Plenty

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Single RainbowBeginner

Submitted by Lance Knauf

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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From the carpark the track idles around the base of the mountain where after an easy 500m of track you come across the deep blue crater lakes and the steaming white and pink cliffs. From here the track continues on another 200m before taking a left on the summit track. The track continues to sidle around the mountain gaining more elevation until around the 2km mark the track turns and heads up a ridge, climbing towards the summit at a consistent but manageable gradient.

The track emerges on to the gravel road which is followed to the top where you are rewarded with a full 360 view of the surrounding landscape from Tarawera to the north to Tauhara to the south. When you have taken it all in return via the same track to the carpark.

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Features of interest

A rewarding 360 view from the summit.
The dazzling crater lakes and steaming ground add a unique appeal which in some parts has turned the rocks to clay for the kids to enjoy while you find yourself a heated seat.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Easy Single Track: 80%

Gravel Road: 5%

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Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow

Length: 20.90km


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  • Access

    From Rotorua head towards Taupo on SH5 for 20 minutes. Carpark is located on the left hand side of the road ~300m past the Lake Waikaremoana (SH38) turnoff.

    Carpark is next to the busy highway but not entirely visible from the road.

    26 km

    23 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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

    Perfect throughout.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Streams in the area have high acidity due to geothermal activity and would not deem suitable for drinking.

    The clay is mildly slippery all year round which could add an extra challenge after any rainstorm.

  • Post run indulgence

    Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
    648 Waikite Valley Road
    For those looking to rest aching muscles in comfort.

    Kerosene Creek
    Old Wiotapu Road
    For those looking to rest aching muscles in nature.

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