Taraire Track

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

  • 1 hr loop track
  • Easy/medium

A short loop walk at Karekare.

Key information
Walking time
1 hr
Distance
2.2km
Type
Loop track
Loop track
Grade
Easy/medium
Narrow track over rough ground with poor marking. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Lone Kauri Road, above Karekare car park.
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Ends
Karekare Road just north of Karekare car park.
Maps
NZTopo50-BB30
Altitude
2m – 156m
Altitude change 154m
More information

The Taraire Track explores the forested valleys in behind Karekare, providing a good contrast to the blacksand beach walks. The track can be hard to follow due to variable marking standards and a heavy coating of taraire leaves obliterating the path.

Karekare is accessed by turning off Piha Road onto Karekare Road or Lone Kauri Road. A large car park by the beach fills up quickly at weekends (accessible toilets here). From the Karekare car park, head south along the road until it climbs for a few minutes. Watch for the "La Trobe Track" signpost at the view of Karekare Falls. 

Take the track over a bridge and down to the bottom of the falls. There is a picnic area here under pohutukawa trees. 

The Taraire Track leads uphill. The narrow track climbs through wind-sculpted pohutukawa and kanuka, into a forest of karaka, taraire, and young kauri. After 30 minutes the track eases off and drops across Company Stream, the small stream that leads over the falls. A vague track leads down the valley. A few marker pegs lead uphill and over a second easy ridge to the La Trobe Track junction. This track is currently closed. 

An easy stroll through manuka and tree ferns leads to another small stream: cross Murdoch Stream and follow it most of the way down the hillside to the road.

Map
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ID 15937

About this track

Added 26 December 2015 by MatthewMatthew. 2 revisions, most recently 14 September 2017 by MatthewMatthew.
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