Ohinetonga Walk

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Ohinetonga Walk

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Owhango, SH4,
20 minutes from Taumarunui
2 hours, Easy.
This wonderful family outing has many options whether it be picnicking,
swimming or walking through the lovely bush. Turn left off SH4 at the Walking
Track sign in the centre of Owhango and drive through the Ohinetonga Reserve to
the Whakapapa River. A concrete bridge spans the river with the road continuing
as the end of the 42nd Traverse Cycle Ride. Massive rocks under the bridge form
a turbulent cataract as the river tumbles through the valley. A picnic area with
toilet facilities and parking denotes the beginning of the track. A narrow road
passes through the bush to a small parking area if you choose not to walk the first
section to the swimming hole. This is a popular place for the locals even though
there is no sandy beach. From the second car park a well formed track with
board walks winds its way up the hill through lovely native bush. At the top a
massive totara tree is protected by a platform. Following on along the track
there is a small descent and then a lagoon with fantastic reflections comes into
view. A boardwalk crosses the lagoon then the track climbs again and comes out
on the road. From here you can either go down the road or cross it to finish the
loop. The type of bush changes as you continue on the track which goes down to
the river and along the bank back to the picnic area. Bird life is plentiful and
easily heard as you walk this great track.