Perfect for stretching the legs, or a picnic stop by the Ohinetonga Lagoon. Take a 2-3 hour loop track through forest and enjoy the wonderful native forest along the way.
As you are passing through Owhango - stop and take this beautiful diversion. There's a 2-3 hour loop track through forest that takes in the Whakapapa River and the Ohinetonga Lagoon (via bush and boardwalks), or shorter 20 minute tracks to discover.
There are many DOC walking tracks around Whakapapa, and this is just one of them. The other tracks on this link include the Okupata Caves and the Tupapakurua Falls. For visitor information and latest track conditions, check the DOC link.
We Reckon | Wow, what an awesome spot. The Ohinetonga Lagoon is lovely and well worth the journey. This is not a tramping track (don’t panic), so take your leisurely time and enjoy the journey. If you are short on time and don't want a long walk, you can park your car on the side of the gravel road heading to the river (signposted about half way down). It's only a 10 minute walk from there.
It's 20 minutes south of Taumarunui in the township of Owhango (on State Highway 4) follow the signs "Walking Tracks". Just to be on the safe side, check the weather conditions before you go as weather is changeable (year round).
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Photo Credit | Ohinetonga Lagoon (left), Whakapapa River (right)