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.