Otanewainuku is a small rhyolitic dome in the western Bay of Plenty. A lookout (constructed by army territorials) provides sweeping views, and the mountain is home to virgin forest and an array of birdlife.
In 2007, four kiwi were released on Otanewainuku by the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust. You can also sponsor a hectare through the trust.
|Elevation||640 m (2,100 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Region||Bay of Plenty/East Coast|
|Location Coordinates||37° 54′ 13″ S, 176° 12′ 14″ E|
|Duration||1.5 hours (return)|
|Distance||5.8 km (3.6 mi)|
|Start/End Points||Mountain Rd|
|Sights||Views , Lookout platform, views to Tarawera & Ruapehu|
The hike up and back takes the form of a loop track, which you can do in either direction – it really makes little difference. It’s a pretty walk, great for young kids, with awesome views from the platform and some impressive trees to see. The track can be a bit muddy under foot but all in all a good track.
There’s a viewing platform at the top and great views over to Tauranga and back towards Rotorua and beyond.
See the DOC website Otanewainuku Forest page for more information.
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