Kaituna Track

Kahurangi National Park

  • 1 day one way
  • Easy/medium

Packhorse route into the Kaituna Goldfield, and beyond to the scenic Whanganui Inlet. Most walkers turn back at Kaituna Forks.

Key information
Walking time
1 day
8 hr – 9 hr
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Easy/medium
Easy walking to Kaituna Forks. Kaituna Forks to Whanganui Inlet is a route with flood hazards. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Carters Road end, southwest of Collingwood
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Ends
Dry Road, Whanganui Inlet
Maps
NZTopo50-BN23
NZTopo50-BN24
Altitude
510m

 The Kaituna Track is a day walk 15km form Collingwood. Take the road to Bainham and turn down Carters Road. An old packhorse track from the road end leads to the old Kaituna gold workings after 20 minutes. The goldfield opened in 1859, but little gold was discovered here. Most walkers turn back here or at the Kaituna Forks for a 2 hour return trip.

From Kaituna Forks, a rough marked route heads toward Knuckle Hill. Amongst pakihi at the foot of Knuckle Hill, the track meets a logging road and follows it out through forest to Dry Road.

Times:

  • Carters Road to Kaituna Goldfield: 20 min
  • Kaituna Goldfield to Kaituna Forks: 40 min
  • Kaituna Forks to Whanganui Inlet: 5-6 hours

 

Map
This track needs a photograph.
ID 8126

About this track

Added 12 August 2012 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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