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Otanewainuku to Otawa, Bay of Plenty

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Otanewainuku to OtawaIntermediate - Experienced

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Bay of Plenty


Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands

Intermediate - Experienced

7:00 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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A fantastic, technical trail run for anyone experienced in the bush. Road runners tend to not like it - don't blame me! Parts are route marked only and not regularly maintained by DOC. You are following orange DOC triangles and signs for Otawa then Te Puke Quarry Road - then up Reid Rd South and into a farm raceway which is a paper road through to the top of Reid Road.

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Features of interest

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust is involved in reducing pests and restoring native birdlife to the area.
Whataroa Falls is approx 3km from the trail start

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 5%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 5%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Otanewainuku DOC shelter, Mountain Road 200m from junction with No 2 Road.

    Parking is available at the DOC shelters, however there can be issues with safety here so ensure your car is well locked and leave no valuables inside. On a sunny weekend the area is usually busy enough to be fine.

    28 km

    31 minutes



  • Staying Safe

    Very hard.

    The 5 kms of trail South of Otawa trig are faint and poorly marked.
    The track from Demeter Road Junction to Whataroa falls isn't marked on Topo Map or Doc Maps. Best tackled with a good amount of caution and a sense of adventure - be prepared to turn back. It's generally accepted to be easier to navigate from Otawa to Otanewainuku rather than vice versa.

    Very patchy.

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

    Only available at Whataroa falls - unsure if that's rated drinkable!


    Hunters active in the area.
    Treefall can obscure parts of the track - cast carefully for the path.

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