Time: 2 hour return
Start: 11 km from Tūrangi 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.
Very pleased with the friendly service! We picked up the car from Auckland City and dropped the car off at the airport prior departing for Oz. When we dropped the car off we were asked if we filled the car up with petrol, which we didn't. The very friendly lady drove us to the petrol station so we could fill up and then dropped us off to the airport!!!! Nice touch!Tony MacDonald
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