Last Updated: 4th Jul 2024


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Tokorangi Pa Track

Tokorangi Pa Track, Tickler Link, Pipeline Road, Tokorangi Pa, The Wash Road, Katore Road

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Molly Tilden

Last Updated: 4th Jul 2024


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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 33 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.8%


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Estimated Times to Run







This trail is well sign posted. Follow the purple arrows. Track starts out with a leisurely warm up through memorial grove Californian redwoods. Turn right to start the first big climb that involves some stairs. A left turn at the top brings you to a dirt packed gradual incline followed by an undulating forest section that involves some steep hills.
Around 5.5km you will come across a bridge with a water fountain. Then you will run on a forest road which leads to a sharp right turn and a technical downhill section where you will cross two ponds. There is one last steep stair climb and then you will be on packed dirt roads the rest of the way. You will pass a water reservoir. There is a short paved downhill section on Nursery Road and then you will meander back through the redwoods to the visitor centre.

6 hectares of protected Californian redwoods in memorial grove.
Beautiful views of Rotorua, lake and Mt Ngongotaha.
Passes by ancient Maori Pa site (fortified village) although nothing remains of it today.
Variety of exotic and native trees and plants abundant with bird life.

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The Cityride bus runs every day except public holidays to the redwoods every half hour starting at 6:50am. Take route 3: owhata. Get off on Tarawera road and walk 1km down LongMile road to the visitor centre.
Parking lot at the visitor centre is free.

4 km

8 minutes




Watch for a sharp right turn off a forest road about 8oom after you cross the bridge with the water fountain.

Generally good.

Waterproof leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Water fountain found at 5.5km next to bridge. It is sometimes not working so don't rely on it. There is water available at the visitor centre.

Very muddy after rain.

Watch out on the downhill muddy sections.

redwoods cafe
redwood visitor centre
Trailer serving coffee and snacks right next to the visitor centre. Enjoy while you do your stretching!

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Trail Reviews

Loved this trail - tough at the start with lots of climbing but a great way to see the wonders of the Whakarewarewa forest. If you follow the clockwise direction...a nice fast dowhill finish.

David Hosking

October 21, 2023

Lovely run, nice and undulating with a couple of bigger climbs. Good underfoot for an easy day out. With plenty of nice views and shade on a hot day.

Lauren Mai Anderson

September 11, 2020

Track is back open despite the signage at the visitor centre saying otherwise! Great loop with a bit of everything, running really nicely after a few days of sunshine.

Robbie Hammond

September 5, 2020

Track is fully open again. Ran it 4th Sept 2020.

Catherine Dawson

September 5, 2020

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