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Lake Rotohokahoka , Bay of Plenty

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Lake Rotohokahoka Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Bay of Plenty


Back country - remote


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

1:15 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



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This is a wee gem that most Rotorua runners would not even know exists. While there are no great views, it is a true trail runners delight as it is semi-technical, softish, seldom used trail that is just about all runnable.

Starting on South Road, head into the trail to the right of the sign... towards Lake Rotohokahoka..The trail is mostly well worn and well marked with DOC orange arrows. Really from there it is just a case of turn off the brain and enjoy the run until you reach the first sign with West Road Picnic area to the left and the Lake to the right which is the way we are going. You will pass another sign at the end of the Lake and again head right towards the lake. Once you reach the lake you have two choices... carry on as I have to South Road and then turn right and run the forestry road for 600m to your vehicle or you can retrace your steps and make it into a 7km run. Another option is to take the 3km route to West Road and back to add another 6km onto whichever you have chosen. I will do some more options out there when it is not over 30 degrees like today.

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Features of interest

Small Lake (or large pond)

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 25%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 33%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 12%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Find your way to South Road in Mamaku... at the start of South Road you will find the School.... proceed for 10.5km down South Rd from the school looking to your right for the green DOC sign set back off the road.

    There is enough off-road parking for 2 or 3 cars... very surprising if you find anyone else there as most Rotovegans won't know this trail exists!

    79 km

    70 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Mostly the trail is very well marked with the ubiquitous orange triangles from DOC, however there are a few instances where you will have to stop and take your bearings as to where the next triangle is... often after some windfall has blocked the original track.


    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    There is the lake, not sure how drinkable it would be. That was the only water I saw on the run.

    There were signs that sevaral short patches of the trail would be very muddy in winter.

    Lots of tree roots

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