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Tokorangi Pa Track, Bay of Plenty

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Tokorangi Pa TrackIntermediate

Submitted by Molly Tilden

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Bay of Plenty


Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest


1:45 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 35%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Located 5km South East of Rotorua. Follow signs for Rotorua Airport (on Te Ngae road) and turn RIGHT on Tarawera Road and RIGHT on LongMile road to the Redwoods visitor centre. The trails starts behind the visitor centre. It is well sign posted. Follow the purple arrows for Tokorangi Pa trail.

    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



  • Staying Safe


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

    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.

  • Post run indulgence

    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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