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Otainewainuku - Whataroa Falls, Bay of Plenty

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Otainewainuku - Whataroa FallsBeginner

Submitted by Lance Knauf

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Bay of Plenty


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


2:00 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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From the DOC shelter on the western side of Mountain Road this route follows the anticlockwise track as it winds its way through thick bush to the lookout at the top of Otainewainuku. Take in the views from amongst the trees before continuing on your way. Note that early on the descent the track can get quite slippery but once its gets down on to flatter grounds in winds and undulates its way back to the DOC shelter.

Immediately across the road is the start of the Rimu track/Whataroa Falls which can be continued in the same anti-clockwise manner. Approx 800m from the road the track to Whataroa Falls breaks off towards the east. Follow the single track as it winds its way to the falls where the brave are tempted into the clear blue waters. Return via the same track until the Rimu loop track is reached where you can continue anticlockwise returning you to the carpark.

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Features of interest

Otainewainuku lookout has views of most of Bay of Plenty, including Rotorua. Whataroa Falls are a great swimming spot in the warmer months. Rimu loop track is scattered with ancient giants.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 70%

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  • Access

    Otainewainuku DOC shelter on Mountain Road

    Side of the road parking

    28 km

    31 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Waterproof leggings, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Only accessible at Whataroa Falls

    Slippery descending from Otainewainuku year around.

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