Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach at Lake Tarawera


Trails: Te Wairoa car park – Tarawera Trail – Hawaiki Bay amenity area 5km – Te Wairua Stream amenity area 11km – Hot Water ( Hotwater ) Beach campsite – (next day) walk back the same way to car park.

Caution: No drinkable water supply on Hot Water Beach campsite (campsite need booking)!  Just taking water from lake then boil to drink is not recommended as there are many boats staying over nights there!

Car Park: Yes. Te Wairoa car park on Tarawera Road, Rotorua.
Public Toilet: Yes
Weather: Check Weather before you go!

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Total distance: 14.85 km
Total climbing: 764 m
Average speed: 4.19 km/h
Total Time: 04:16:23

Total flat distance: 14.7 km, Climbing distance: 5.2 km, Descent distance: 5.5 km, Flat distance: 4.2 km, Maximum difference: 178 m, Final balance: -68 m, or +68 m (reverse back next day).

Difficulty Rating: 2.67 – E+ or bit more tough if you carry camping gears.
The “Total Time” is my time in Jan which includes breaks for photo shooting. That day was fine and the track was good. If you slow down to average 3 km/h plus 60 min stop then the total time will be around 6 hrs.

Photos on the map.

Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach at Lake Tarawera

Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach at Lake Tarawera

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