Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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O2K Roller

Taupo, Waikato

Submitted by Anne-Louise Robertson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 26 ?

Gnarl Factor: 41 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.8%


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Estimated Times to Run







Start from Kinloch lakefront, running west. after 1km the trail heads into the bush. It can be windy on the lakefront but is generally sheltered once you enter the bush.

At 2.6km there's a signpost that sends you right to Otaketake  (ignore the straight on to Kawakawa Bay). From here you wind up over well-graded single trail for a couple of kms until you reach a large boulder with stunning views out over the lake towards Tongariro.

The trail continues undulating but trending up. As you climb there are views through trees over to Kinloch and across the valley over Whangamata Road. Lovely running along the ridgeline then a sustained wee climb just before you reach a gate at 10.8km. From here it's just a couple of hundred metres to the road. Then its time to turn around and enjoy the well-earned downhill all the way back.

(An alternative would be to head along the road to Orahau and continue the loop to Kawakawa Bay and then Kinloch)

Varied forest. Lots of birds.

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Safe parking available in car park at Kinloch and also at Orahau if reversing run (or just going one way)

21 km

18 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

No water available on route. Toilets at Kinloch.

Could be muddy after rain.

Tipsy Trout
Handy, good service, used to bikers and trampers, always friendly

Kinloch Store
Handy when The Tipsy Trout is clised or for a quick takeaway

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Diane Gillard

Diane Gillard

has completed O2K Roller once in the last year.

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