The Loop Track is a short walk orientated towards families or school groups to provide an experience close to town showcasing the beautiful flora and fauna of Mount Ngongotaha for all to see.
The first part of the walk follows an easy grade through unlogged native bush,which features a large rata tree (40 m tall with a 1.8 m girth) with a viewing platform. Past this is a sign-posted intersection where the Nature Loop Track begins.
The Nature Loop Track is a circular loop with gentle grades and even surfaces. After 1.3 km it crosses the Jubilee Track. The loop track continues on, looping back onto the Jubilee Track after a further 1.2 km. Head downhill to reach the carpark at the Violet Bonnington Reserve.
The Nature Loop Track is accessed 300 m along the Jubilee Track. This starts from the Violet Bonnington Reserve located at the Rotorua end of Paradise Valley Rd. It is a 15 min drive from the city centre.
Know before you go
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