Lake Rotopounamu

Distance: 5km Allow: 2-3 hours Climb: 100m Descent: 100m

This absolute gem of a walk is in stunning native forest, nestled on the flanks of beautiful Mt Pihanga. The pristine forest is home to an abundance of native bird life.

This really is one of the best walks in this area. Fine specimens of some of New Zealand’s most primitive trees, surrounding the serene Lake Rotopounamu.

A well maintained walking track around this lake provides a wonderful snap shot of New Zealand in any weather. Allow two and a half or three hours as there is a lot to see and learn about.

Which best describes you?

  • There are two or more of us and we would be happy to hike with other people. Join-a-Group NZ$120.00 per person for a half day hike.  Groups do not get larger than 8 Clients per Guide.
  • There are two or more of us and we would like a guided trip just for us, with no-one else joining us. A Private Guided trip is $190.00 per person for two or more people on a half day hike.
  • I am traveling alone and I would like to join others for the hike.  If there are others already booked for the date that you have chosen, it will be a Join-a-Group price of NZ$120.00 for a half day hike.  If no-one has booked for the date that you have chosen, but you are willing to let others join you, we will book you in at the Join-a-Group rate of NZ$190.00 for a half day hike, which will reduce to NZ$120.00,   if someone else books in on your trip.
  • I am traveling alone and I would like to book a Private Guided trip just for me at NZ$270.00, so that I can guarantee there will only be my Guide and I.




There is a real abundance of things to see on

any given day.  Ferns, both large and small,

giant trees, delicate mosses, and iconic

New Zealand insects, the list goes on.

There are numerous projects underway around

this Lake to preserve this beautiful area and

your Guide can fill you in on these




We are so very lucky to have this fantastic

walk so close to Turangi in the

northern-most part of Tongariro National



  • Boots
  • Snacks
  • Clothing and Equipment
  • Turangi transfers
  • National Park Village transfers
  • Whakapapa Village transfers

Lake Rotopounamu Photo Gallery