9 miles
2,037 ft
-2,290 ft
Avg time


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  • Difficulty Rating
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  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
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  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop
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The Western Okataina Walkway is an old forestry road that dates back to earlier last century when the area was logged for rimu, totara, rata and kahikatea. It is generally wide and well formed.

Pass through some stunning native bush. Absorb amazing views of Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti from the Whakapounakau Trig.

Getting there
The track has three entry points - the Okataina Education Camp and Waipungapunga carpark (both on Okataina Road) and off Millar Road, Lake Okareka.

Mountain biking
The Western Okataina Walkway is a challenging mountain bike ride.

It can be ridden in both directions but if you start from Millar Road, you'll experience an exhilarating downhill from Whakapoungakau Trig all the way to the Outdoor Education Centre.

Know before you go
There is comprehensive signage at all entry points explaining trail conditions as well as maps showing each particular area.

Access Info

The track has three entry points - the Okataina Education Camp and Waipungapunga carpark (both on Okataina Road) and off Millar Road, Lake Okareka

Bike Park

More Stats for Western Okataina Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -253 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,306 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,365 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,562 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,309 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 19, 2018
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to western-okataina-track trailhead (-38.156900, 176.372550)
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Western Okataina... Trail Reports

Jul 19, 2018 @ 8:06pm
Jul 19, 2018
Rode south to North. Great descent to Okataina with a few washout ruts. Grade 4. Some of the latter climbs have some deeeep ruts too that are...
Jul 19, 2018 @ 8:05pm
Jul 19, 2018
Rode south to North. The odd patch of mud but no issues. Deep washout ruts in places that are unrideable. Great fast descent to the education...
Feb 17, 2018 @ 3:10pm
Feb 17, 2018
Track very rutted from rain leading in and out of streams. I’d say about 10% unrideable. Apart from that just beautiful. Not for the novice.
Jan 16, 2018 @ 1:15pm
Jan 16, 2018
Three small trees down across trail after stormy weather, can ride over or around. Deep ruts on track, up to 1.5m deep make it old school...
May 6, 2016 @ 7:30am
May 6, 2016
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Jan 24, 2018 @ 1:37am
Jan 24, 2018
Western Okataina Track

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