Ruapani Track (6h Loop)

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2.5 from 2 users.


It will take you six hours of moderate to hard walking to complete the Ruapani Circuit. The track is accessed from the Waikareiti Track and passes through beautiful forest and seven wetlands. This description is in an anti-clockwise direction from the Waikareiti day shelter. About half an hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter, a left fork takes you onto the Ruapani Circuit Track, which passes several wetlands to exit onto the Lake Waikareiti Track again near the main road. Distant views are rare but on the descent from Lake Ruapani, the final body of water, there is an enticing glimpse of Lake Waikaremoana, Panekire Bluff and Hawke's Bay in the distance. Start on the Lake Waikareiti Walk, which begins 200 m from the niwaniwa Visitor Centre on the road to Rotorua. No dogs.

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Lat: -38.743083 Lng: 177.162841

User Reviews



The track is not well maintained a lot of vegetation which often hide the track. Ferns quite high so after a rainy day you'll get your legs wet. Disappointed to don't have much views of the swamps.....


Legacy Data

Awesome walk! Beautiful forest, loads of birds and even deer! Worth the effort


Legacy Data

We did a nice hike (1 hour one way) to the lake. It was beautiful and the water was clear but very cold.


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