Lake Rotopounamu Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length3.5 miElevation gain616 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachLakeWildlife
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Beautiful walk! Flat with a good chance to see native birds. The small carpark is on the side of the road right in front of the track, so drive slowly otherwise you'll pass it. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/rotopounamu-track/

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Chayce Glass
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Easy track to walk Really enjoyable for lunch

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Alec Cross
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Luke Hoban
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Easy walk around the lake through an old-growth forest with some big endemic conifers like Rimu, Mātai and Miro. Lots of native birds as well, such as Fantails/pīwakawaka, Rifleman/titipounamu, Kererū and the friendly New Zealand robin/toutouwai.

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Tanya Roberson
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Really lovely trail. Lots of rimu and birdsong.

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Leanne Alexander
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Awesome easy hike. Beautiful lake.

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matt grey
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Desh Prasad
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Beautiful beaches and an excellent bush walk. Lots on native birds singing in the trees. Not a whole lot to see though.

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Max Bureau Oxton
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The walk is fine, there are some really nice trees --black pine, rimu-- but the views aren't spectacular. There is heavy foot traffic for such an average track which makes it harder to immerse yourself in the nature.

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István Tóbiás
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Lior Azriel
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interesting tree's, a real rain forest

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Ashley Flavell
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cute walk. good in winter. such a beauty

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Kat Glass
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Beautiful loop track around the lake. Easy flat walking after a short moderate slope to kick off your walk. Perfect in mid winter but would be a great visit in summer too.

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Jonathan Lescheid
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Hiking

Nice easy trail, with swimming in the lake from both ends and beautiful views. Somewhat underemphasized here is the fact that the lake is about 1KM uphill off the road (no boating unless you’re up for a large portage) and pit toilets are only at Long Beach, which is at least 40 minutes walking from car park.

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Will Deadman
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Very pretty and relaxing walk. Mostly wooded trail with intermittent visits to the lakeside beach’s which are nice and peaceful although you may get a visit from the sand flies.

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Chris Preston
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Nice chilled walk, a spot of swimming if you can handle cold water! Quite windy my the water

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Adan Tijerina
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Easy run with a good swimming hole towards the end.

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Michelle Moen
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Wonderful easy walk around the lake with gorgeous native Bush and beautiful lake

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LainEd Haerewa
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Thoroughly enjoyed this walk particularly as my level of fitness is low. The inclines got my heart-rate up, and thigh work out, but I survived. Picturesque scenery even on a rainy day. The track was in good condition given the tree cover despite the rain.

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Malene Carlsen
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Beautiful walk! Quite easy and flat with a good chance to see native birds. The small carpark is on the side of the road right in front of the track, so drive slowly otherwise you'll pass it

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Kory Clement
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Loved the birds. Quiet peaceful place.

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Jemma Dymond
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Easy to follow trail, gorgeous views, informative signposts about the trees and so many beautiful birds! A lovely stroll.

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Stephen Morrison
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Lake Rotop

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Michael Deck
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Lovely trail. Closer to 4 miles than 3.5. Mostly wooded, lots of ferns. Good signage for plant identification.

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lin mobile
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Anastasia Ramenska
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Luke Hoban
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Jacque Georgeson
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Colton labine
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Lilly Rosko
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Austin Sharp
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