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Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,617 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

over grown

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Track is mostly overgrown and there is not much to see on the way. Kinda boring.. Hot water beach is great, though.

3 months ago

amazing track... very long but not that difficult. make sure you book the water taxi back from the beach. be careful with the hot water... it is really hot!

Beautiful trail, nice views of water and good shade amongst the trees and ferns. Were some pigs around that we saw early in the hike. The distance is 9.4 miles, not what AllTrails currently has.

hiking
3 months ago

We didn't do the entire trail but we found hot pools on our way. We did 20km in a day with the way back.

Loved it! Very long and quite difficult in places but the lake makes it all worth it! Plus loads of wallabies.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic trail. We hiked in and caught the water taxi out from Hot Water beach. The Trail was well shaded and in great condition. I don’t think I would do it in wet condition - the decent at the end would be very slippery. Couldn’t recommend it enough. A must do day trip if you are in the area. Don’t forget your swimmers for the lake and hot spring at the end. Take lots of water!!

Tough climb back out to carpark from campsite, lots more incline and finishes with a steep climb. Great day and beautiful views over the lake

Great walk, native lakeside bush and birds. Saw 4 wallabies.

hiking
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Good trail, took us 5hrs each way including stops at all landmarks, to walk our gear into Hot Water Beach to camp. In and out of a few valleys keeps it interesting. A few small slips along the way. Lots to see if you slow down to look. Mostly well-shaded for high summer, but quite a bit of thistle and gorse until you get into more mature bush. Didn’t see many people on the trail and we were the only ones we saw walking both ways. Beach was packed with boaties for summer/holidays.

Beautiful hike. Definitely a rollercoaster with the ups and downs. January was a perfect time of year with flowers in bloom and honeysuckle along the path. It took us 3 1/2 hours with a nice hot springs swim to finish.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

Did halfway to the lookout. Not so special compared to our previous trails in NZ.

Just went halfway. Beautiful changing ecosystem and lake

hiking
7 months ago

I just did only 5 km in this trail but I'm definitely coming here again. one of the must try.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail, very quite only seen a handful of people. Fitbit watched gps tracked 18.5km took us just under 4 hours with a lunch stop. Would highly recommend, hot water beach is beautiful a a perfect place for a nice swim after your hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful Track, only did half of it and went back but still. It seems to be underrated, I only met 6 people in 4 hours.

hiking
8 months ago

A good walk, mostly through trees & bush, reasonable hills. Good trail. Some spectacular views over the lake. Took us a bit over 4hrs at a average pace.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely views.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Definitely 'advanced', with some parts going over the ridgeline, and mostly single trail. Stunning views, definitely do it. Takes about 4.5 hours, plus stops.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! A lot of ups and downs, but the views are spectacular and the hot springs at the end is a real treat.

hiking
11 months ago

Wunderschöne Wanderung mit tollen Stopps am See und am Ende die Belohnung: Hot Springs und schwimmen im erfrischenden See gleichzeitig. Wir waren die meisten Zeit alleine - kaum andere Wanderer unterwegs. Den Weg retour haber wir per Wassertaxi gemacht.

Wed Apr 10 2019

this track is a roller-coaster! it was actually quite hard fr me. But I love the feeling it gives u when u complete it. A must try

hiking
bridge out
Fri Mar 15 2019

Great trail. Have ran it a few times now. I personally would rate it medium rather than hard for a day walk. Great views and a hot soak at the end.

Sun Mar 10 2019

Beautiful views and forest! And NO people

running
Fri Feb 15 2019

Ran part of this for the tarawera ultramarathon. Beautiful views! It really was an experience running through this scenery.

running
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