Last Updated: 8th Jul 2024


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Ramble Above Rangatau

Last Updated: 8th Jul 2024


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.5%


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Starting the loop clockwise, head West on the Rangatau Forest Road over 2 bridges & warm up an the gradual incline; you may have to tread gingerly at about the 1k mark, to get past a boggy bit of the road in winter.

At around 1.6kms, the road bears right; just continue heading up until you've covered 3.9kms.

Turn right and continue 1k along 4wd track past a campsite, then into single track & cross the small stream ( if you're careful, you can keep your feet dry) & enjoy another 3.9 kms of lovely easy undulating, downhill single-track trail, back to the start.

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Google maps doesn't seem to work here! 12km from Ohakune en route to Waiouru, turn off SH 49 onto Karioi Station Road.and drive 2kms; (You might have spied the DOC sign for the Rotokura Ecological Reserve, 1km ahead, but that's an adventure for another time!) Cross the RR tracks, and turn left onto Rangatau Road, then right on to Rangatau Forest Road, continuing approximately 3.5 kms, past the middle track entrance, to the North Trail head/base . There is room to pull off the forestry road , where the base of the North Track meets the road.

17 km

14 minutes




There are some sidetracks, as the trails are used by MTBs & hunters.


Lightweight fleece top, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is a stream midway which you could top up from.

Johnny Nations Chocolate Eclair Shop
78 Clyde Street, Ohakune 4625
World Famous in NZ ( or the Central Plateau :D) They also have The Best Sponge cakes & Custard Slice!!

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Jonathan Drake

Jonathan Drake

has completed Ramble Above Rangatau once in the last year.

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