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Blue Lake Loop

 

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Grade: 4
Details: Approximately 15km, with 600m of climbing.
Riding Time: A fit trail rider will do it in 1.5 hours (what does this mean?)


A fun loop from the Eastern side of the forest - ideal if you're coming from Lake Okareka or Lake Tarawera areas. Also a good one in summer so you can finish at Lake Tikitapu for a swim!
Start from the 'Black House' on Tarawera Rd.


General overview:
Windy Rd. - Side Winder - Direct Rd. - Frontal Lobotomy - Underbilly - Billy T - Moerangi Rd. - Kung Fu Walrus - Lakefront Rd. - Tangaroamihi - Tarawera Rd.


Detailed description:
From the gate - turn right to head down Windy Rd around 500 metres, you get to a 4 way intersection with Hill Rd heading uphill to your left - go straight ahead. You'll climb a little, then descend on gravel road till you get to Side Winder trail on your left.
Climb the singletrack till it ends at an intersection of Direct Rd. Head left (flat then a little more uphill) to get to the start of Frontal Lobotomy (or just 'Frontal', as it's commonly called by many locals).

Climb Frontal to the shuttle drop off point on Tawa Rd. When you come out of the trail the entry to Underbilly is directly opposite - and now is the payoff for your climbing. Underbilly descends and hooks into Billy T, eventually ending at the intersection of Moerangi and Tawa Rds.

At this point, turn left up the gravel road and climb to the high point of Moerangi Rd. At this high point you'll see Bush Rd to your left, follow that down and it will lead you to Kung Fu Walrus. Make sure to stop at the Lookout. Stunning views. Kung Fu Walrus has an obvious cross over an old disused gravel forestry road, and then a not so obvious one. You'll come out on Tikitapu Rd, a well-used gravel road. Follow it to the right for a short descent, then a short, gentle climb - approx 800m . A the top of that wee climb is the entry to Kung Fu Walrus Extension on your left.

The end of that trail takes you to Lakefront Drive - turn left on that and follow it around the contour of Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake). It's mostly flat, except for a moderate climb at the end which will bring you to a 4 way intersection of gravel roads. Tangaroamihi starts here. Make sure you enter the correct trail - there is a pedestrian only trail very close to it, so please read the signs!

Tangaroamihi flows through the bush above Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and finished at the large grassed domain of the Blue Lake.

The best option here is to ride across the grass domain, following the bushline. Then up the grass verge beside Tarawera Rd - heading back towards Rotorua City. When the hill flattens out there is a dirt entry point to the old gravel road called Windy Rd. Follow this and you'll shortly be back at your start point.


Locals tip: In Summer, do the ride from the Blue Lake instead of the Black House entry point. Then you can end your ride with a swim in the beautiful waters of the lake - a great way to finish a day's riding.


Take a map so you can follow along and really enjoy your ride without getting confused in the busy network of tracks:

 


Please ride within your limits, and be aware that trails can change with weather and heavy use from race events effecting their difficulty. Ride Rotorua will in no way be liable for any injury or damages arising from riding any of the trails listed on the Ride Rotorua website.

 

 

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