Mt Ngongotaha Jubilee Track

Mt Ngongotaha Jubilee Track, Rotorua: Address, Mt Ngongotaha Jubilee Track Reviews: 4.5/5

Mt Ngongotaha Jubilee Track

Mt Ngongotaha Jubilee Track
4.5

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Violet Bonnington Reserve, Rotorua Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
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Steve W
Tauranga, New Zealand17 contributions
A great walk in amongst NZ's finest native trees
Feb 2021
The track is two fold and can be done quite separately although we chose to combine the two for a compete experience. There a loop track that is relatively easy with some uphill walking complete with many story boards along the way explaining the trees, ferns, birds, pests and conservation groups conducting work on the mountain. The Jubilee track is 2.5km hike to the top and the same distance back down. The information boards at the bottom are quite clear, due to the growth of the bush there is no view from the top. We saw family groups on both tracks. There are rudimentary DOC compost toilets about 100 metres into the walk.
Written February 2, 2021
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Tony O
Tauranga, New Zealand247 contributions
Lovely walk through native bush
Nov 2019
If you're looking for something to do that doesn't cost the earth then this is a really pleasant walk and it's free! There are two track options - an easy nature loop and a more arduous long loop. We took the easy option and spent an hour or so in the bush. DOC provides lots of interest fact boards around the loop so that you can understand what you are looking at. The view across the valley are nice and the tranquility is great
Written December 9, 2019
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rachnz2015
Rotorua, New Zealand202 contributions
Great up hill bush walk
Dec 2018 • Friends
It's a great way to burn off your extra food and booze intake over Christmas!
2.4km to the summit is a challenge but worth it when you get there to say you have done it.
No view at the top though, you can catch a glimpse on the way up though at one of the junctions.
Mostly in the Bush so great on a really hot day
Written December 30, 2018
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Soramam
13 contributions
Nice walk up but disappointment at the end
Oct 2018
This is a very nice walk up the hill, you will see lots of native bush and views of the area. The forest and various types of ferns when we walked (early spring) is just amazing. Also it isnt very strenuous and can be walked in about 3 hours (or maybe less) return in a relatively slow but consistent pace. However, what is disappointing about this walk is the end when you get to the top. There is a clearance sort of roundabout and access road and a large TV tower there but the trees/bush surrounding the clear part do not let any views from the top. It is even a little eerie, you feel like just to return quickly. So there isnt any award of views as you would find normally at the end of track leading up a hill. There is also an alternative path to walk to the top of the hill. If you drive up from Mountain Road just before you get to the restaurant at Aorangi Peak there is a car park with gate on the road that goes further. You can park your car there and walk from there along the road (this is resumably the access road for the TV tower at the top). There are very nice views along this road. It takes about hour or so to walk up and about 40 minutes down with a comfortable pace. Overall, it is recommended as a half day activity if you are local but if you are a visitor I wouldnt recommend it just because you will be disappointed at the end with no 360 views.
Written October 22, 2018
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Raymond K
Kent, England129 contributions
Wonderful views over Rotorua and Lake
Apr 2016 • Couples
Wonderful views over Rotorua and Lake, higher than Skyline with better views. FREE. Many Deer and Cows at top of Mount in fields -- great photo opportunities.
Written June 6, 2016
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NZNana
Rotorua, New Zealand686 contributions
NZ NATIVE BUSH & WALKS SO CLOSE TO TOWN!
Dec 2015 • Family
Mount Ngongotaha is a volcanic dome 2562ft (757 metres) above sea level, that overlooks the city of Rotorua. Options for walks , with stunning views from some parts, depending on what routes you choose. The shorter Nature Walk through the native bush (forest) doesn't take long and is easy. It has excellent information boards about the flora and fauna. The Jubilee Track goes more steeply up to to the summit of the mountain. Unfortunately there are no views from the top anymore (in the old days there was a lookout tower) but its very satisfying to look up there, to the clearly visible Telecom Tower, when you back down in town and say "I climbed up there"!! .
Written May 24, 2016
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Nate M
Rotorua, New Zealand427 contributions
Great area to see NZ native flora and fauna
Sep 2015 • Couples
We've done both the Nature Walk and Jubilee Track during different visits and both are very enjoyable and only 10 minutes from town. There are no facilities at the car park, but there are toilets a few minutes into the track.

The Nature Walk is a fairly easy circuit with information boards about the NZ native flora and fauna that can be found on Mt Ngongotaha. The Nature Walk took us around an hour to complete as we were stopping for photos and drinks (take one with you!).

The Jubilee Track is more sustained and steep, but if you want a work out this is the track to choose. You still get to see plenty of native flora and fauna, but there are no information signs, and no summit view as the forest is too dense. However, its a good track, and can done in 1.5hrs (return via the same track).
Written September 28, 2015
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chiliwilinz
Rotorua, New Zealand246 contributions
Natural wonderful walk - full of native flora and fauna
Feb 2014 • Family
The only thing that you need to take - sandwiches and drinks - and a well charged up camera with a zoom lens! Oh yes, and some stout walking boot! Pick a warm sunny day for best results.
Written December 29, 2014
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Catherine O
Bath, UK57 contributions
Calm, serene, peaceful
Jul 2014 • Solo
An absolutely lovely loop around the indigenous native forest on the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha, only a 10 minute bus drive out of Rotorua town centre. The shorter 'Nature Loop' (just over 3km) is an ideal easy forest tramp, with predominantly flat and well landscaped paths, along with frequent information boards about the flora and fauna of the forest. The Jubilee walk is 5km to the summit of the mountain (but no view) and is a much steeper and less easy path, more of a track for those with sturdy walking shoes and an average level of fitness! The smells and sights and sounds of the forest are wonderful. Stop once in a while and stand there listening to the wind in the trees, the water dripping in the foleage and the birds singing. You feel like you have gone back in time to a land where humans don't exist. It's beautiful, and the fact it's so close and easy to get to from Rotorua main street makes it even more so. People need to discover it more! Do bear in mind though that the toilet facilities (at least there are some!) are compost toilets, but they are the tidiest and most well kept compost toilets I've ever used, and they don't smell at all!
Written July 14, 2014
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