Nature and conservation
Podocarps and ferns as on Mount
At 640 m, Mount Otanewainuku's geology is a rhyolitic dome rising above the ignimbrite Mamaku plateau.
Otanewainuku is covered in virgin unlogged forest and is home to a variety of native birds and animals. Large emergent rimu trees are common. Tawa, kamahi and rewarewa form a high canopy and bird species such as robin and bell bird are readily seen and heard.
Since 2002 a volunteer trust has been helping to conserve the precious wildlife of Otanewainuku. Kiwi, whiteheads and forest gecko are all found here. Recent releases of kiwi and kokako have proved succesful.
History and culture
Maori legend says Tutanekai, lover of Hinemoa, leapt off Mount Otanewainuku to escape his Rotorua enemies.
Otanewainuku Forest is accessible by car. Tracks through the forest lead from the car park on Mountain Rd in the Bay of Plenty.
East of SH 36 (Pyes Pa Rd) near Oropi, take Oropi Rd south and turn onto Mountain Rd just past Oropi. Alternatively, access Mountain Rd from No 2 Rd near Te Puke.
Know before you go
Otanewainuku is relatively remote, with little or no cellphone coverage.
Walkers should be well prepared for changes in weather.
Dogs are not permitted.