Last Updated: 17th Feb 2024

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Te Iringa Track

Taupo, Waikato

Submitted by Linda Downes

Last Updated: 17th Feb 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 46

Gnarl Factor: 69








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.4%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Dogs are allowed by permit only, please contact DoC office prior to get one.

The Te Iringa trail was tidied up to be able to become a mountain bike trail in 2016, so you can imagine its pretty rideable, this is a grade 5 (expert) track so there is a lot of obstacles to get around or over. Te Iringa trail is 19km one way (to Oamaru Hut)

From the carpark you pretty much go straight into a long climb, semi technical, can be a bit steep. You then traverse around Mount Te Iringa, some rocky technical areas but all pretty flowy. A nice long descent through beech forest down to Tikitiki Stream. We followed the stream for about 30 mins before deciding to turn around back to the car (we turned around at approximately 11km)

If you choose to go further, there is a stream crossing and a few boggy parts, the trail is fairly undulating from there all the way to Oamaru Hut. If you wish to stay the night at Oamaru hut it is first come first served. I believe there are other tramping tracks that link on from there if you wanted to do a loop, but I suggest doing your homework first or stick to the 'out and back'.

Beech Forest

Plenty of parking because it is at a campsite. It's in the middle of the bush, very shaded with trees etc you will also probably notice hunters' utes parked there

43 km

42 minutes




You can pretty much clearly see the trail the entire time, but always keep your eye out for the orange doc triangles

Very patchy.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters.

I am not sure if drinking from the stream is safe

Muddy in a few areas after rain
Could be exposed to cold winds on ridge

Mountain bikers
Slippery rocks
Steep cliffs

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Trail Reviews

Great trail! Ran as far as the swing bridge n back, Strava says 21k. Trails in great condition (Jume 23) as it's had some hard work done on it after the cyclone. Runs really well for a hiking track n not that techy. The top section has a couple pf small guts but are easy to cross. The flat section before the bridge as some boggy bits but are short, just watch thr log rings that are used as stepping stones, they slippy as!!!

John Carman

June 29, 2023

What a fantastic track. There was a nice warm up of a gentle uphill before the big climb. Once up the steep bit at around 3 km it was wonderful running along the sides of hills and down to the flat. The trail was well maintained and mainly a smooth surface and there were long sections of uninterrupted running. There were a couple of places where care was required on narrow track, mainly on the drop and climb at streams. After the river crossing (using the big log) there was a few swampy bits but they either had logs or were not long. Then a bit more flat to the swingbridge. The return was even faster than going out to my surprise. Beautiful bush and beautiful trail, I will definitely be back.

Kirstine Collins

August 9, 2020

Awesome trail, at 11km there is a cool swing bridge. A real strength workout!

Richard Murphy

October 28, 2019

Awesome trail, but really hard

Jeremy Poynter

July 22, 2019

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