Last Updated: 8th Jan 2024

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Otawa Trig

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Rob Bathgate

Last Updated: 8th Jan 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 52 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.4%


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Starts with a climb up through farmland before you head into the bush where you start along the ridgeline steadily climbing your way to the Trig.

The track does continue past the Trig, getting a little more remote and unmarked, ending up at Otanewainuku.

This trail includes the peaks Otawa and Whareotetarakeho.

Some great views from the farmland before you head into the bush, but no open views along the way unfortunately.

Small DoC Carpark on Te Puke Quarry Road, opposite Reid Road south.

8 km

13 minutes




Straight out and back, although there are a few small route choices along the way which just loop back to each other after a few hundred metres.

Very patchy.

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


Good all year around.

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Trail Reviews

Nice trail - lovely view of the white clouds at the top, means I will have to do it again

Rob Holm

July 10, 2022

A great one for solo runners and people beginning to trail run. A decent amount of uphill, a few spots with views, lots of native birds and the return is pretty much all downhill & a whole lot of fun!

Zoe Van Mil Potaka

December 12, 2020

Great run, a couple of steep inclines but relatively short before back to a nice and steady easy slope. A lot of tree roots to dodge, the view at the top is amazing on a clear day. I added in an extra 11km to the Papamoa Hills Regional Park trig by going up Quarry Road and cutting through the Summer Hills golf club to Reid Road. Would do this one again.

Wayne Forlong

July 26, 2020

Nice one which if you faithfully follow the GPX will enable you to bag not 1 but 2 trigs. Thanks for sharing Rob.

Anthony Sowerby

February 8, 2020

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