Mount Ngongotaha is a volcanic dome, 757m above sea level that overlooks the city of Rotorua. The 2.4km Jubilee Track was cut on Jubilee Day, January 29 1890, marking 50 years since Captain Hobson arrived at Waitangi.

The first part of the walk follows an easy grade through unlogged native bush and features one of the largest Rata trees in the Bay of Plenty, affectionately known to locals as Pat. The Mount Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust  have worked hard to protect this tree by adding a viewing platform to facilitate vistors without damaging the tree's roots. A metal plate has been added to stop possums climbing the tree and eating it's leaves.

Older Rotorua residents will remember the slopes of Ngongotaha once having a spectacular display of red rata flowers each summer. Unfortunately logging in the mid 1900's together with the indroduction of pests such as possums and rats means that rata are now a rare occurance. 

The track gets moderately steep until near the summit. Once Mountain Road is reached it is a short walk to the summit.
Please note: No view is possible from the summit due to high vegetation and no significant viewing point. To view the Department of Conservation webpage on the Jubilee track, click here.

The track to the summit of Ngongotaha starts from Violet Bonnington Reserve, located at the Rotorua end of Paradise Valley Road. Rotorua City Ride Eke-Taone bus route 7