Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Tauhara Grunt

Taupo, Waikato

Submitted by Malcolm Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 81 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back


Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -18.1%


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From the car park follow the signposted trail across open farmland and start climbing. Before long you'll enter the bush and the trail becomes GNARLY and gets steeper! Just keep following it all the way to the summit, running occasionally if you can!
After drinking in the views you can take a slightly different route off the top by exiting the summit area from the opposite side to the way you entered. This takes you throw scrub and along a short ridge section, before it drops down steeply to join the trail you came up on. Turn left when you hit this and follow downhill back to the car park.

This trail includes the peak Tauhara.

Great 360 views from the summit - pick a clear day for this one!

Plenty of parking, reasonably safe but take valuables with you or leave out of sight just to be sure.

9 km

12 minutes




Stick to the main trail up and down rather than using the slight variation described if you're in any doubt

Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

None - take your own

Can be very muddy after rain, snow possible in winter. You're on the Central Plateau and it can be cold any time of year!

It's a very rough, root bush trail for the most part so take care with your footing, especially in the wet

Replete Cafe & Store
45 Heuheu Street, Taupo
Great food & coffee, always busy for good reason.

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Trail Reviews

Great run, short and sharp, good climb, nice mixed terrain, great views, good sunsets

Tim Carpenter

October 9, 2023

Great run with some technical steep segments and beautiful views on a good day. Can be busy on weekends

David Haunschmidt

August 21, 2023

Wow - bluebird day - views forever. Be doing this again!

Rob Holm

August 14, 2022

steep climb up. good to improve on the up hill climbing. nice fast descent. wasn't as many people as i expected to be there

jace jones

August 7, 2022

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