The track to the summit of Ngongotaha starts from the Violet Bonnington Reserve located at the Rotorua end of Paradise Valley road. This is a 15 minute drive from the city centre.
History and culture
The original Jubilee Track was cut on Jubilee Day, January 29 1890, marking 50 years since Captain Hobson arrived at Waitangi. It needed to be reached over private land with Forest and Bird purchasing the land adjacent. The Mount Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust then developed a connecting track from the Violet Bonnington Reserve to the bottom of the Jubilee Track.
Know before you go
This track is available for walking only - mountain biking is not permitted.
You will need to be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on the longer day walks. Ensure you have strong, comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen. It is also advisable to leave your tramping intentions with a responsible person, in case you get lost.
Source: Department of Conservation