TECT All Terrain Park
Walking/ Hiking/ Trail Running
Otanewainuku is 1200 hectares covered in virgin unlogged forest topped by the 640m Mt Otanewainuku overlooking the Mamaku Plateau. The forest is home to a growing variety of native birds which have been carefully nurtured under the watchful eye of the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust since 2002. Otanewainuku is 15 km south from Tauranga using Oropi Rd and then Mountain Rd, or from Te Puke via No.2 Rd then Mountain Rd. A small shelter, information board and toilets are found next to the carpark. The reserve area includes three formed tracks for visitors.
The loop track to the summit starts behind the shelter and is reasonably steep in parts, but the view from the top is worth the climb. A tower constructed on the summit (640 metres) offers panoramic views from East Cape to Mount Tarawera and Rotorua, and across the Mamaku Plateau to Mount Ruapehu. Walking time for the round trip is estimated at 90 minutes.
Rimu Loop Walk
The rimu loop walk starts from the opposite side of the road near the carpark. It is a gently graded walk that features some impressively large rimu trees, and finishes back at the road. Although a gentle walk, this 45 minute return track is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
Mountain Rd to Whataroa Waterfall
For the slightly more agile a well marked route branches off the rimu loop track after 15 minutes and undulates through the forest to the Whataroa Falls which are reached after about an hour. Explore this lovely stream with cascades and pools before returning the same way. Beyond the waterfall this track goes north to the main ridge track which eventually leads to Otawa Scenic Reserve and to Upper Papamoa Rd after 18.5km.
Trail Map: http://kiwitrust.org/Walks/MapofWalks.aspx
Kaharoa Conservation Area
The Kaharoa Conservation Area is a rugged piece of land about half way between Rotorua and Te Puke. The reserve area is accessed off the end of Kapukapu Rd via Kaharoa Road, which runs off the Tauranga- Rotorua Direct Rd. A carpark and shelter with interpretive panels are located at the end of the road from which the walking track begins.
The Kokako Track, also known as the Hollow Track, meanders its way for 1.2km down through some beautiful forest to Onaia Stream. This is a tranquil and secluded spot, ideal for a picnic or breakfast stop after listening to the dawn chorus! The return journey is back along the same track.
TECT All Terrain
Whether it’s a gentle, leisurely stroll or a more vigorous run you’re looking for, the TECT All Terrain Park is full of opportunity. For walkers and runners, young and old and all fitness levels, the following tracks are now operational in the Park. Park maps, toilets and carparking are all available at the Arrival Centre at the beginning of Whataroa Rd. The Park main gate is closed at night and opened in daylight hours only. Summer hours are from 7am to 9pm, including Labour Weekend to Easter. Winter hours are from 8am to 5pm.
Te Rerenga Tunnel Track
This 3km loop track, bush walk with stairs and bridges features a 60m tunnel that passes under Pyes Pa Road (SH36) before it loops back to the Arrival Centre via the Pyes Pa Road (SH36) underpass. Torch required!
Though shared with horse riders, the equestrian trails can be used for walking and running with care. Please respect the rights of other users.
Buffalo Girl Track
This is a 10km return track which is shared with mountain bikes. Best to avoid the Uno and Mickey Mouse mountain bike tracks.
Lost Tank Track
This is a 1km return, flat native bush walk near the mountain bike car park.