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Lake Rotopounamu, Waikato

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Lake RotopounamuBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


0:50 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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Very straightforward, Run starts off with just under 1km straight up a steady incline for about 100m vert gain. Just before the top is a trail split, you can go either way, however I went the way indicated on the sign (to the right for an anti-clockwise loop). Then just follow the trail. the only side trails are a few to the left to the lakeshore, feel free to explore any of these, you cannot get lost. When I first did this trail many moons ago it was a lot more technical, however it is now pretty much a 'tourist trail' now. Still a nice way to stretch the legs.

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Features of interest

Lots of birdlife.... including heaps of Pururu, native robin, various waterfowl. Nice wee lake.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 90%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    On State Highway 47 between Turangi and Whakapapa. 12km from Turangi centre. From Turangi end turn off SH1 at the southern end of town heading towards Tokaanu and then a couple of kms down that road turn left onto Te Ponanga Saddle Rd and from there it is just over 8km to the trail.

    There is a good size carpark over the road from the entrance to the trail

    11 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    A whole lake full... not sure how safe.

    Supposedly the lake can get so full that the beach section of the run becomes unpassable... however I was there after several days of rain and lake was still quite low.

  • Post run indulgence

    Behind the Chateau in Whakapapa Village
    Excellent food, lovely bar with a warm fire after winter running and splendid hosts!

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