At the bottom, once you arrive at another waharoa (gateway) it's not too far to the Waipa mountain bike carpark. On site is Mountain Bike Rotorua and a cafe where you can purchase refreshments like coffee, muffins, sandwiches etc.
Refueled and ready to go again? Head back the way you came and that's your Hemo Gorge Trail walk done. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and I do.
PS. If you're up for it, check out the challenge below.
Looking towards the mountain bike carpark at Waipa
Directions to Hemo Gorge Trail Walk
- Self-drive along Fenton St heading south (away from the lake) to Te Puia.
- OR catch a bus to Te Puia, route no. 2, if you have no vehicle.
- Park in the second Te Puia carpark (use the first if worried about theft)
- Look for the Māori carving gateway at the southernmost end of the carpark
- Walk left through the gateway and you're onto the trail. Follow it for 1.5km to the Waipa mountain bike carpark, then return the same way.
- If you take a look at the google map, ignore the big loop. This is an extra bit I've tagged on (below) for people up for a challenge.
View Hemo Gorge Trail Walk in a larger map
Trigg Loop Addon Challenge
For an extra challenge for the fitter person, take another look at
map. I've added on a loop up, up, up to the Trigg station. If you walk
from the Te Puia carpark at a fastish pace it would take just over an
hour to complete the whole thing if my memory
serves me correct. I better get out there and check huh?
Updated: Well, I've just been out to walk the full route with my brother Darrel
and it took us 56min. I knew I was in for a workout and I wasn't wrong.
He hurtled me around the course with no slowing down to take in the
views let alone time to take a breather. Whew, I'm glad that's over!
View from the Trigg. Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley center front, Mount Ngongotaha in the background and Lake Rotorua top right.
It's quite a
steep climb to the top - going up the left-hand side of the loop - but on the way up there are great views over
Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. It was getting on to 30mins at this point.
Nearer the top there's a right-hand turn to the Waipa Lookout. It's a short walk in amongst trees and just backtrack to the track once finished.
Coming back down is definitely harder on the knees and yes, I know this
from experience. It's possibly steeper than going up and quite rough too because horses use this track. Dry and dusty in the summer which can be slippery and definitely muddy and slippery in winter.
View from the Trigg. This is what the track is like, all the way down. Rough!
Once down the bottom the track veers left and you will see a sign on
your right pointing to another way of getting up to the Trigg. Don't go
When you come to the first right-hand turn it's
downhill again. Continue along this, (no left turns) you will end up
coming back out on the bottom of the hill you first went up. From there
make your way back to the beginning.
If you look at the google map
in the larger view and click on Satellite view you should be able to
orient yourself quite well. Happy wandering.
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