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  • Did a fast & light trip with 2 friends over Auckland Anniversary weekend, using Intercity buses for track transport. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, despite all the hook grass growing along the length of the track. Mostly well marked and easy to follow - only the section along the rocky knobs is a little rough. Like many Aucklanders I'd been guilty of writing off the Kaimai Ranges, having only touched the northern part around Waitawheta & Te Aroha, but now I am keen to go back to other huts in the range. 5 Hours from McLaren Falls Rd to Te Tuhi Track; 10:30 hours from Te Tuhi junction to Motutapere Hut; 8:40hrs from Motutapere Hut to Daly's Clearing; 5 hours from Daly's Clearing to Paeroa. Full trip report on my blog
  • I walked this track from south to north early Apr this year. From Kaimai Summit on highway 29 To Te Tui junction where there is a nice camp site took 6 hours. Te Tui Junction to a stream near Aogatete lodge where there is another nice camp site took 6 hours. From here up to Thompsons track then along to Motutapere hut (3 bunks) and on through the tough section to the Tuahu saddle and on to Te Rereatukahia Hut took 8.5hour. Then Te Rere. hut to Waitawheta Hut via Wharawhara 4.5 hours and last day Waitawheta hut to Karangahake Gorge 5 hours. It was a good trip, tracks are well marked but with the occassional tree fall. It could easily be shortened to 4 days by combinine the 4th and 5th day. If I did it again I would stop at Motuapere and not Te Rere.
  • Did this back in 2008. Took three days. Was with a mate that like to keep a high pace going, still a couple of very long days. We didn't do any of the old sections of track. Day 1 (12 hours) - Old Kaimai Rd to streamside camp near Aongetete lodge. Day 2 (13 hours) - Up past thompsons track through "the evil section" to Te Rereatukuhia, through wharawhara and on to Waitawheta Day 3 (6 hours) - Past dalys clearing and on to Karangahake.
  • To the south of Thompsons Track there are three more hut options, two a way off this route, Kauritatahi Hut and Puketutu Hut as well as Hurunui Hut which is 5 mins from the track. The Track from TeTuhi through to Leyland O'Brien has recently been re-cut, and is now a quick medium grade track.
  • DOC have release cut the TeTuhi now so no more windfall and it has certainly speed up the time needed to traverse the track
  • Five of us walked from Wairere Falls to Ngamuwahine yesterday. The unmaintained section from Te Tuhi Track and and leyland Obrien junction certainly provides a few challenges. Its very overgrown in places, and there are a large number of windfalls. Pleased to have a few people to look for track markers so we could continue on our way. Took 10 hours, 4 or 5 years ago it was an 8 hour trip.
  • Look out for Hurunui Hut (3 bunks) on the last leg, some 3 hours before reaching the Kaimai Road summit. Rustic, but comfy, with excellent stream for water. (See my hut entry).
  • Just a bit of an update on the North - South Track. Doc have recently remarked the track from Pukekohatu on the Northeast Track to Te Rereatukaiha Hut past the Wahine Rocks. This is part of the older "tops" north South track. The track has not been re-cut. It is still a tough track, just better marked now. DOC Tauranga have further information. I am planning to do a North South via this route sometime in October - November this year. So I will report back after that.
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