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Whakarewarewa Rainbow, Bay of Plenty

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Whakarewarewa RainbowBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ben Alton

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Bay of Plenty


Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

12:00 (Slow)
9:00 (Moderate)
6:00 (Fast)



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This is the 6 coloured walking tracks in the whakarewa forest that all start at the visitor centre and run from longest to shortest (black, purple, yellow, green, blue, red). All tracks are marked with coloured arrows and are easy to follow. You can park a car near the start for you very own aid station (the really smart place to park is at the end of longmile road, nearest to the scion gate and the MTB skills park, this way you can pass your aid station of the 3 longest tracks without any deviation form the course (important for the strava crown). Lake Front Road that goes along the edge of the Green lake is currently closed due to access issues with local Iwi but a detour is in place (this gpx file is for the detour)

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Features of interest

Lake views and native trees

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 29%

Sealed Road: 1%

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  • Access

    This run starts from the visitor centre on Longmile Road

    Easy parking, the gates are no longer locked at night

    5 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the arrows and stick to the trails

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    There is water at the visitor centre and then at 2 more locations on the black track, you pass a water stop again on purple.

    Very well draining soil so mud not really an issue.

    There are occasionally trees down on the black track that don't always get cleared as quickly as other tracks

  • Post run indulgence

    The Good Eastern Taphouse
    Tarawera Rounabout, Lynmore
    The burgers are great, so is the beer. I highly recommend the Box of Birds

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