Last Updated: 31st May 2023


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Otawa trig to Manoeka & back

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by David Haunschmidt

Last Updated: 31st May 2023


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Grunt Factor: 34 ?

Gnarl Factor: 43 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.3%


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This is a great extension to the Otawa Trig track, if you want some extra vert, or the full Otawa Trig and Otawa Lodge Loop, if you want to avoid the road.

This follows a DOC marked and reasonably well-maintained trail. Starting Otawa trig carpark on Te Puke Quarry Road, the track crosses farmland before heading into the bush, where it climbs to the trig point at 560m above sea level at about 7km.

Continue past the trig to descend a few hundred metres where you will meet a sign pointing left towards Manoeka road.

Follow this all the way down on a fun technical descent to Manoeka road trail entrance and carpark. You can then turnaround and climb back over to the start for a good amount of vert (just over 1000m in total)

This trail includes the peak Whareotetarakeho.

Great views from Otawa Trig. Some really enjoyable single track.

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All DOC track. Main place you can go wrong is sign and turnoff a few hundred metres past the Trig. Follow this sign left to descend to Manoeka road.

Generally good.

Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

Nil. Take your own water.

Trail can get muddy after rain . Magpies can be an issue across the farmland at the start/finish during season.

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Luca Ahumada-Percoco

Luca Ahumada-Percoco

has completed Otawa trig to Manoeka & back twice in the last year.

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