Taupo Walks & Hikes around the Western Bay

Beautiful walking and hiking trails lie on the doorstep of Taupo's stunning and picturesque Western Bays.

Rimu Walking Track 
Time: 30 minutes for the circuit 
A pleasant loop track though stunning podocarp forest. Cross the bridge at the Kakaho Campground and follow the river around to a great swimming hole. From here there is a climb up to a lookout with good views of Mount Pureora then you circle back to join the road just above the campground.

Waihora Lagoon Walking Track  
Time: 20 minutes return
Drive up Waihora Road off SH 32. Follow the signs to the Waihora Lagoon carpark. It’s an easy, flat walk in to the small rain-fed lake surrounded by immensely tall kahikatea and rimu trees. After heavy rain the lagoon can flood into the surrounding forest effectively blocking off access to the edge of the clearing.

Waihaha Tramping Track / Waihaha Hut 
Time: 3 hours to the hut / campsite
If you’re looking for some slightly longer walks in Taupo, this track starts on SH 32 beside the Waihaha River. The grade is generally easy with a few short steep sections. Initially you meander through regenerating bush before sidling upwards along the edge of the Waihaha Gorge. At the top of the gorge the track diverts away from the river and climbs over a low hill to Pokaiora Clearing - a large heathland covered in tussocks and monoao. At the far end of the clearing you enter the forest again for a 20 minute stroll through to the hut. The hut sleeps 10 and there are good tent sites in the clearing around the hut. Most people return to the carpark on the same track but there are longer routes available that follow the main Hauhangaroa Range. Talk to the Department of Conservation for more information.

Bog Inn Tramping Track / Bog Inn Hut
Time: 45 minutes to the hut
t’s a convoluted route to the start of the track but worth the effort. Take Kakaho Road off SH 32. Turn left just past the campground onto Tihoi Rd. After 7½ km turn right at the T-junction, then after 1½ km, left on to Bog Inn Rd. Park by the timber bridge. t’s a steady, easily graded climb to a ridge where the track south to Weraroa and Waihaha Hut turns off to the left. Five minutes on, another track branches off to the right, this time to Pureora. The main track carries on straight ahead for 10 minutes then skirts around the edge of an open boggy area to the four-bunk hut which is nestled into a small forest clearing. A short track from the hut leads out to the edge of the bog.

Staying the night
To stay overnight in either of the above huts you will need to pre-purchase hut tickets. The charge is $5.00 per night for adults. You can book your hut tickets online through the Department of Conservation website.

See our Pureora Forest Park page for other walks in the area.

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