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Lake Rotopounamu

Tongariro National Park

Time: 2 hour return

Grade: Easy

Start: 11 km from TÅ«rangi off SH47, the parking area is signposted on the south side of Te Ponanga Saddle. Between Turangi and National Park. Google Maps directions

Lake Rotopounamu is a secluded lake in the Pihanga Scenic Reserve, in the Tongariro National Park. The 5km track is a well formed circular trail around the lake below Mt Pihanga. The name of the lake comes from the Maori words 'roto' (lake) and 'pounamu' (greenstone) which is the colour of the water. There is a beach half way round which is an ideal picnic stop.

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