Submitted by Orla Seymour
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestLakeside
Park near the toilets/tourist information area. Take the lake track, and enjoy a 4km lakeside (flat) warm-up. Back the the carpark, and it's time to hit the Ridge Track. Get your quads ready, lots of steps.... 1220 in fact! This takes you up and alongside the perimeter fence with excellent views of the lake and surrounding farmland. Worth the climb! You'll come back down through the bush (well sign posted), then hang a right (sign-posted for carpark) and you'll arrive back at the carpark! Enjoy the sounds of nature!
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Features of interest
This is a gorgeous, pest-free reserve in the heart of Taranaki. Dogs are strictly prohibited.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 65%
Leave Eltham, travel along King Edward Street. Lake Rotokare is very well signposted. 15kms from Eltham
You will need to drive there (unless you are a keen cyclist!) Lots of parking available
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is a tap in the carpark, but i'm not sure if the water is drinkable
A bit muddy, but nothing a Wild Thing can't handle!
Can get quite windy up the ridge by the perimeter fence. The steps are quite steep also.
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