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.

List Status Official
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
Nearest Town/s Tauranga
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1.5 hours (return)
Distance 5.8 km (3.6 mi)
Start/End Points Mountain Rd
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Season Help.gif All year
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.

Google Earth Map

NZ Topographic Map

Height Profile


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For car hire, you can book from Snap Rentals- with pickup locations at Auckland Airport, Auckland City, Christchurch Airport, Queenstown Airport, and Queenstown Town Centre
Once back from your hike, treat yourself to a beer from Behemoth Brewing