Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk
|Location: Central North Island|
|Nearest Town: Rotorua - 29.5km 35 minutes|
|Nearest City: Rotorua|
|Length of tramp: 2.8 Km to the top|
|Time needed: 1 Hour 30 Minutes to the top|
|Route: Return the same way.|
|Elevation: 416M to 743M.|
|Wet Feet: No|
|Mobile phone coverage: Yes|
|Date this tramp was last walked: 2008|
|Track quality: The track is a wide and graved for the first 10 min. Then the surface changes to a clay track all the way to Rainbow Mountain lookout.|
|Shops/restaurants: Waiotapu Village, 5 Minutes south past the car park.
|Petrol station: Waiotapu Village, 5 Minutes south past the car park.
|Hazards: If you walk off the track, there is a high risk of you walking onto hot thermal vents and burning your legs.
|Transport: Buses run from Rotorua to Taupo every day. But they might not stop to let you off.
|Driving Instructions: Drive south on highway 30 to Taupo. Fenton St is the main road south out of Rotorua and the main shopping street in town.
You can't miss Rainbow Mountain. On top of the Rainbow Mountain is a forestry fire lookout and radio mask, you can just see the building from the main road when you are just 15 minutes from the car park.
At 26km there is a turn off to the left on to highway 38. This highway goes to the east coast via a forestry town called Murupara, Lake Waikaremoana then on to Wairoa. 460m past the turnoff to Lake Waikaremoana there is a rather large gravel car park. Pull in, over to the left you should see the sign to the start of the track.
|Camping on track: Yes, but no real good spots to camp for the night, except on the grass next to the fire lookout.
|Track highlights: You will see a rainbow of coloured earth and rock on the side of the Rainbow Mountain. If you have the time, you can collect the different colours of earth in a test tube, makes an excellent souvenir. The mountain is covered in native bush on the western side; on the eastern side is the KLC pine forest. On a clear day, you can see for miles. The day we were there, we could see Mt Ruapehu 128km to the south, Mt Tarawera 14.2 km to the North and lake Rotomahana 7.8 km.
to the east, the largest forestry plantation, in the southern hemisphere, Kaingaroa Forest.
|Area & Track History: Rainbow Mountain is a colourful part of Bay of Plenty’s volcanic landscape of boiling mud and steaming pools. Mangakakaramea, as it is also known, means mountain of coloured earth. The mountain has bare brown, orange and red steaming slopes, as the backdrop to two tiny crater lakes.|
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Detailed track description for
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk:
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Start
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Points 2
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Points 3
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Points 4
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Points 5
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Points 6
Rainbow Mountain Reserve Walk - Points 7
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