5 Rankers Reviews
42 Tongariro / National Park Village
Lush forest surrounds this tranquil lake in a crater beside Mount Pihanga
Lake Rotopounamu is signposted on the left 8 km from junction of SH41 and SH47. There’s a large parking area on the opposite side of the road from the start of track.
A steady climb of 20 minutes brings you to the start of the loop, which can be followed in either direction.
Occasional side tracks lead to the lake edge, however Long Beach is the natural stopping place. Here the fine gravel beach is the place to soak it up. There’s a toilet and benches too.
Continue back to the start of the access track.
Lake Rotopounamu occupies a hollow on the western flank of Pihanga (1326m). It is only 7.9 m deep and lies at 710 m altitude. It cover 0.89 k
Some towering rimu and sizeable kahikatea flank the lake shore.
A partnership between DoC and Project Tongariro is aiming to reduce predator numbers in the area. Rats, stoats, cats, possums and pigs have decimated birdlife and traplines are now installed and maintained by volunteers.
In Maori, ‘roto’ means ‘lake’ and ‘pounamu’ is ‘greenstone’.
One story relates to Pihanga being a beautiful maiden, fought over by Tongariro, Taranaki, Tauhara and Putauaki.
The lake is fully swimmable and devoid of taniwha.
North Island ▷ Ruapehu ▷ Tongariro / National Park Village
Very easy walk around the lake, unfortunately the view is covered so you are mostly walking in the bushes except for a few 100 meters on a beach. There are no tables at the picnic place but a couple of benches to sit on.
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An easy track around Lake Rotopounamu with many possibilities to stop at the lakeside to have a break. We saw so many different forms - very well labelled trees. Very informative!
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Great short walk. Up a hill through forest to get to the lake. Beautiful views of the calm blue water all around the lake. Secluded spots for picnics or excellent to quietly sit and reflect.
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An initial uphill effort makes the views and swim in the lake totally worth it. Seemingly untouched native bush teeming with bird-life. Beach is perfect for picnics and paddling. A good distance for the little tikes (and those who end up carrying them)
A superb little walk of 90mins or so. Isolated and beautiful.
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