Hauhungaroa Track (Southern Section)

Pureora Forest Park

  • 2 – 3 days one way
  • Easy

A two to three day trip in the Pureora Forest. Well worth doing because there are two new huts and the bird life is fantastic

Pumice rock floating in an ignimbrite pool • By Matthew.
Key information
Walking time
2 – 3 days
12 hr – 20 hr
Distance
32.0km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
State Highway 32 at the Waihaha Bridge
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Ends
Mangakahu Valley Rd
Maps
NZTopo50-BG35
NZTopo50-BG34
Altitude
500m – 1,000m
Altitude change 500m

A nice easy trip and well worth doing. The main problem is coordinating transport at each end.

Ignimbrite, Waihaha River • By Matthew.

Start at the Bridge where Highway 32 crosses the Waihaha River. The track begins at the northern end of the bridge. The Waihaha Valley is one of the more interesting parts of this trip with the river alternating between fast rapids and picturesque areas of slow flowing water. Also much of this first part of the trip is out of the bush and there are good views of the surrounding countryside.

Waihaha Hut is reached in about 3 hours. This is a very well appointed hut with a large verandah which is very welcome in heavy rain.

From the hut the track enters the bush and follows up beside the Waihaha Stream. After about 2 hours a series of small river flats is reached. If you are considering doing the trip in 2 days then this is a good place to camp.

After the flats the track climbs away from the stream, steeply at first but then it is a long gentle climb up a broad bush covered ridge to the main Hauhungaroa Range.

Once on the range the track continues south past a swampy area where there are good streams crossing the track and is a good source for water.

After passing a trig station on the ridge it is about 1km to the Hauhungaroa Hut which is about 100 off the main track to the west. The hut is sited in a sunny clearing with a good view towards the Waikato.

From the hut it is a futrther 2.5 km south to the Motere trig. The track then descends sharply down into the Mangakahu Valley. The track follows old logging roads down the valley to a large clearing which was the old mill site. The large timbers which provided the foundations for the mill are still visible.

On this site was an old hut called Nuffield Lodge. It has now been completely removed.

Continue along old logging roads until you get to the gate on Mangakahu Valley Rd which is the furthest point that you can bring a car to,

Map
ID 2872

About this track

Added 23 April 2008 by pmckepmcke. 3 revisions, most recently 15 March 2009 by pmckepmcke.
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