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Tracks to Waitawheta Hut

Tracks to Waitawheta Hut

A GPX file of some of the popular routes to Waitawheta Hut.   More ▶︎
Waiorongomai - Waipapa track - Waitawheta Hut

Waiorongomai - Waipapa track - Waitawheta Hut

A track to Waitawheta Hut which takes in the historic Waiorongomai valley and then takes the new Waipapa track which ...   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Hut

Waitawheta Hut

A new hut located at a mill site in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest park. There are a number of short walks ...   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Hut from Lindemann Rd

Waitawheta Hut from Lindemann Rd

A steep climb initially but some interesting Kauri Dams along the way. This route does not cross any major streams ...   More ▶︎
The Best Bunkrook at Waitawheta Hut

The Best Bunkrook at Waitawheta Hut

When a hut like Waitawheta Hut gets really crowded, like it is at most weekends, it is good idea to ...   More ▶︎

Franklin Road – Ananui Falls – Waitawheta hut loop

A good two day starter tramp through regenerating bush and young kauri stands. A waterfall some hill climbing and a ...   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Hut from Wharawahara Rd

Waitawheta Hut from Wharawahara Rd

An interesting walk up an old tram line and then over the ridge to the Waitawheta Valley. As the track ...   More ▶︎

Kaimai North-South (Karangahake to Thompsons Track)

The northern half of the Kaimai North-South track, and my first GPX file uploaded here.   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Tramway

Waitawheta Tramway

This is any easy overnight tramp in the Kaimai ranges. It follows the path of an old logging tramway up ...   More ▶︎
Aranui Falls

Aranui Falls

View from the top of Aranui falls - 100m   More ▶︎
Trout from Waitawheta River

Trout from Waitawheta River

Rainbow trout caught Nov 2000 in big pool under the bridge just up from the site of the old Waitawheta ...   More ▶︎
Turntable

Turntable

Remains of tram turntable at old mill and Hut Site.   More ▶︎
Aranui Falls

Aranui Falls

Scenic Aranui falls from the lookout (20mins from Woodland Rd and Waitengaue Junction)   More ▶︎
Tramway

Tramway

Well defined track following the old tramway   More ▶︎
Old Bogie

Old Bogie

Old bogie with Kauri Log   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Bridge

Waitawheta Bridge

Bridge over Waitawheta Stream, near new hut.   More ▶︎
North South Track

North South Track

Traversing the length of the Kaimai Range from the Karangahake Gorge to the Mamaku Plateau, this track follows historic trails ...   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Hut

Waitawheta Hut

The newer, bigger version of Waitawheta Hut, built at the old mill site further up the picturesque Waitawheta valley.   More ▶︎
Te Aroha - Waitawheta Tramway Circuit

Te Aroha - Waitawheta Tramway Circuit

A varied loop through Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, including both the highest point in the park and a section of ...   More ▶︎
Mangamuka Hut loop

Mangamuka Hut loop

A two day pleasant walk over old tramlines in the Lower Kaimai Mamaku forest park with a night in a ...   More ▶︎
Routes to Puketutu Hut

Routes to Puketutu Hut

Three routes to Puketutu Hut. The Upland Rd one is as described by Ledge. The second is the route we ...   More ▶︎

Daly's Clearing Loop Track

A quick and easy weekend getaway. Leaves from Franklin Rd and loops around past Dalys Clearing Hut to join the ...   More ▶︎

Dickey Flat campsite

Campsite near Karangahake, surrounded by mining and logging history.   More ▶︎
Cashmore's Clearing

Cashmore's Clearing

After the devastation of logging in the last century, the bush at Cashmore's is regenerating nicely. We noticed young Rimu, ...   More ▶︎
Waitewheta Hut

Waitewheta Hut

Sleeps about 30 Very new Destined to become the hub for tramping in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park   More ▶︎

Wairoa stream Waitawheta Hut Waitengaue Valley Kaimai Mamaku forest park

A two day loop track through some Historicly interesting country,regenerative Kauri groves with the odd really big tree to impress ...   More ▶︎
Fungus?

Fungus?

Amazing what you have time to do while recovering from a 15 metre slide down a bank   More ▶︎
Mt Eliza Summit

Mt Eliza Summit

Looking North from Mt Eliza summit to Sentinel Rock   More ▶︎
Puketutu Track

Puketutu Track

This track connects the Old and New North - South Tracks in the Kaimai - Mamaku Forest Park. The track ...   More ▶︎
Looking back towards Tauranga

Looking back towards Tauranga

Great views from the top of the range. This is looking east towards Tauranga   More ▶︎

Someone Give That Man A Scout Badge!

Te Aroha Domain, Waitawheta, Katikati Trip Report   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

A popular walk up to these spectacular falls   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls from the top

Wairere Falls from the top

Looking over the lip of Wairere Falls. In a good westerly the water gets blowen back over you at this ...   More ▶︎
Wairoa Shelter

Wairoa Shelter

Wairoa Shelter is on the edge of quite a nice clearing. It slopes a bit but there would be places ...   More ▶︎
Te Whare Okioki Hut

Te Whare Okioki Hut

A new hut in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. A little unusual in that it is of concrete construction.   More ▶︎

Te Whare Okioki

A new hut built 2019. The hut is located at Ngamuwahine Clearing in the Kaimai Range and serves as a ...   More ▶︎
Te Whare Okioki Hut

Te Whare Okioki Hut

A new hut built by the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust and administered by DOC. Bookings can be made on the DOC ...   More ▶︎
Cashmore Track

Cashmore Track

Might drown, but you won't get lost.   More ▶︎
Te Rereatukahia Hut

Te Rereatukahia Hut

A fairly standard hut showing its years, high up in the Kaimai Mamaku's. A fairly decent view to the southwest ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from Thompson's Track

Kauritatahi Hut from Thompson's Track

This is the route we took up Thompson's Track to the Kauritatahi Hut, with a detour on the second day ...   More ▶︎
Wairoa Shelter

Wairoa Shelter

The tired but well used Wairoa Shelter. About two hours from Lindeman road.   More ▶︎
Wairoa Shelter

Wairoa Shelter

A basic three walled shelter. Would be ok if caught in bad weather, or for a night start. No longer ...   More ▶︎
Mt Eliza Mine

Mt Eliza Mine

Eliza Mine shaft is located on the steep eastern slopes of Mt Eliza (581m), 50m off the main track. Several ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere hut refurbished

Motutapere hut refurbished

Recently reclad with a bunk and a porch added   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut is situated in a pleasant clearing on the lower slopes of Mt Motutapere, with a view out to ...   More ▶︎
View to Motutapere and Sentinel Rock

View to Motutapere and Sentinel Rock

Mountains photographed from the hills further north of Thompsons Track. Motutapere Hut is over the ridge between Motutapere and Mt ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut Route Info - February, 2009

Motutapere Hut Route Info - February, 2009

Motutapere Hut is one of the Five Forgotten Huts in the Kaimai Ranges. Here's how to get there from the ...   More ▶︎
Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut

Motutapere Hut is one of the Forgotten Five hunters huts in the Kaimai Ranges. No longer forgotten and recently renovated including ...   More ▶︎
Excursion to Kauritatahi

Excursion to Kauritatahi

Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I ...   More ▶︎
Quite a crowd at Kauritatahi Hut

Quite a crowd at Kauritatahi Hut

There were eight people at the hut at on Saturday night. Here we all are on the deck looking at ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017)

Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017)

A wee 3 bunk hut on top of the Kaimai Ranges at 770m. Apparently there are good views from the ...   More ▶︎
Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut

Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut

A weekend trip up to Kauritatahi Hut from Aongatete Lodge. We had low cloud the entire time so didn't get ...   More ▶︎
Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

A dramatic waterfall on the western side of the Kaimai Ranges   More ▶︎
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track

Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track

From a very muddy Thompson's Track to an rough North South Track, this can't be described as the greatest of ...   More ▶︎
View over Thompsons Track from Main Range to Ngatamahinerua

View over Thompsons Track from Main Range to Ngatamahinerua

North-South track shown is actually the other side of main ridge, obscured. Note the saddle between main plateau (left) and ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut with new deck

Kauritatahi Hut with new deck

The new deck is a great addition to this neat hut.   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut has a wonderful view out over Katikati and is reputed to put on a great sunrise. Unfortunately it ...   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut is not marked on the map. It is on a part of the old North-South track that is ...   More ▶︎
A New Zealand Backcountry Hut

A New Zealand Backcountry Hut

There isn't anything quite the same in the whole planet as staying a night in a New Zealand backcountry hut   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut

Kauritatahi Hut

This hut has recently had some improvements done to it by the local branch of NZDA   More ▶︎
First Hut Bagged

First Hut Bagged

Surprised I made it to a hut and as proud as punch, April 2008   More ▶︎
Daly's Clearing Hut

Daly's Clearing Hut

A 16 bunk standard DOC hut with 2 bunk rooms, kitchen area with indoor running water, and large deck. Outside ...   More ▶︎
paperwork

paperwork

Colin's turn   More ▶︎
Camping near Puketutu Hut

Camping near Puketutu Hut

It was a little cold but preferable to the rats in Puketutu Hut   More ▶︎
Puketutu View

Puketutu View

The morning view from the Puketutu Hut looking east over Tauranga.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut

Puketutu Hut

One of the old North - South Track Huts. This is a great little hut sitting on the top of ...   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut

Puketutu Hut

An older 3 bunk hut on the Old Kaimais North - South Track up on the Kaimai Range.   More ▶︎
Animal skull gravestone

Animal skull gravestone

This grave marks the junction of the old Puketutu Track.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut interior with sparkling lights of city far below...

Puketutu Hut interior with sparkling lights of city far below...

Kept tidy by the Maori Trustees and conscientious hunters.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut from north

Puketutu Hut from north

Visitor log was started back in 1997.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut by day

Puketutu Hut by day

A rustic, hunter's hut on an overgrown ridge track.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut (Pvte). Route Info 2009

Puketutu Hut (Pvte). Route Info 2009

Detailed route guide to Puketutu Hut walking from Uplands Rd, near Katikati.   More ▶︎
Puketutu Hut at night

Puketutu Hut at night

aka the Kaimai Hilton   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut Doorway

Kauritatahi Hut Doorway

Let's keep this corner of NZ tidy!   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from North

Kauritatahi Hut from North

3 Bunks and a cool pull-down hammock...with more foam mattresses = enough for six bodies.   More ▶︎
Kauritatahi Hut from South

Kauritatahi Hut from South

Updated in 2009 by DOC & NZDA, this 4-bunker has a new lease of life and is becoming increasingly popular.   More ▶︎
Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge

ATC trip, view from Mt Karangahake, by Wayne Clark   More ▶︎
Junction now well marked

Junction now well marked

It used to be tricky to find the place where the old north-south track leaves the new, but someone has ...   More ▶︎
Waitawheta Hut

Waitawheta Hut

Waitawheta Hut   More ▶︎
The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

It was mostly a fogged up lens but it adds a bit to the atmosphere of this very special place.   More ▶︎
ZK-AYZ

ZK-AYZ

This wing in the gully makes a sobering sight   More ▶︎
The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

The DC3 wing in wet foggy conditions

It was mostly a fogged up lens but it adds a bit to the atmosphere of this very special place.   More ▶︎
A Nice Little Clearing in the Kaimais

A Nice Little Clearing in the Kaimais

This spot makes a great camp site. Water is a little walk away but apart from that, it is wonderful. ...   More ▶︎
Sentinel Rock

Sentinel Rock

Telephoto view from the grassy knolls en route to Motutapere Hut. DOC don't want people actually climbing this monolith!   More ▶︎
Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

When we said "it was muddy", we meant it...   More ▶︎
View from Te Rereatukahia Hut

View from Te Rereatukahia Hut

On 11 October 2009 we had the most stunning view from the deck of the hut. I wouldn't have though ...   More ▶︎
Views over the plains from Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

Views over the plains from Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

On a clear day, the views are wonderful.   More ▶︎
Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

Te Rereatukahia Loop Track

A great overnighter on nice days. Clockwise (starting with Tuahu Track to the hut and heading back on the North ...   More ▶︎
Thompson's Track a muddy hell hole

Thompson's Track a muddy hell hole

Not the best tramping   More ▶︎
Kaimai's

Kaimai's

Five Acre / Big Swamp   More ▶︎

Kaimais

Thompsons Track to Kauritatahi Hut with visit to DC3 crash site   More ▶︎
Temptation

Temptation

A hot day, deep clean clear water lightly dappled by the shady surrounding bush. Theres much to do in the ...   More ▶︎

ECHO Walking Festival

Programme of guided walks in the Waikato and Coromandel.   More ▶︎
Bunk

Bunk

Top bunk of the salvation Hut, scattered in rat droppings! Would only sleep here in an emergency!   More ▶︎
Fireplace

Fireplace

Fireplace made from an old hot water cylinder and held together with some good old No8 wire.   More ▶︎
Dead tree

Dead tree

The hut is roughly 20m Due South from this tree, just outside the clearing.   More ▶︎
Salvation Hut

Salvation Hut

Front view of the hut.   More ▶︎
Salvation

Salvation

The word "Salvation" is painted brightly above the door.   More ▶︎
Salvation Hut

Salvation Hut

This is a privately built hut and not maintained by DOC. Located in the Kaimai Mamakau forest park off the Leyland ...   More ▶︎
ladder over volcanic

ladder over volcanic

North - South Trakc on Kaimai Ranges. From Thompson's Track to junction with Killarney Lakes exit to Manawaru.   More ▶︎
Kamais Ladders

Kamais Ladders

Between the Tauhu track and Motutapere hut not quite the Tararua peaks but interesting enough climb over the volcanic plugs   More ▶︎
Kauri Dams

Kauri Dams

There are at least 3 sites close to the track in the head of the Wairoa Stream with relics of ...   More ▶︎
An old stile

An old stile

This is all that marks the beginning of the direct track to Puketutu Hut. You need to cross farmland to ...   More ▶︎

Mount Baldy

A circuit trip on the Kaimai Range.   More ▶︎
Mangamuka Hut

Mangamuka Hut

A pleasant little 4-bunk hut, recently done-up and reguarly maintained by the Tauranga Deer Stalkers. The recent improvements to the ...   More ▶︎
Mangamuka Hut

Mangamuka Hut

Great little 4 bunker tucked on the edge of the Kaimais   More ▶︎
Hurunui Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Hurunui Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Old corrugated iron shack on the North-South Track, one of several humble abodes that avoided the axe. Small but comfortable. ...   More ▶︎
Hurunui Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Hurunui Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Old corrugated iron shack on the North-South Track, one of several humble abodes that avoided the axe. Small but comfortable. ...   More ▶︎
Hurunui Hut, Kaimai - Mamaku Forest Park

Hurunui Hut, Kaimai - Mamaku Forest Park

A three bunk, 2 mattress hut that could pass as a garden shed if located closer to civilisation. Stinking hot ...   More ▶︎
Hurunui Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Hurunui Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

The hut has been upgraded - has been reclad and now has a porch - no longer the old corrugated ...   More ▶︎
Mangakino Shelter, Kaimais

Mangakino Shelter, Kaimais

A roof only shelter on the Mangakino Track on the old North - South Kaimai Track. The area is about ...   More ▶︎
Mangakino Shelter, Kaimais

Mangakino Shelter, Kaimais

A large shelter on the Mangakino Track about 3 hours South of Daley's Clearing and 3 hours from Te Aroha.   More ▶︎
Waitengaue Campsite

Waitengaue Campsite

A clearing where the Waitengaue Hut used to be.   More ▶︎
Waitengaue Hut site

Waitengaue Hut site

Who stole the hut? Not a great photo - but include it here so as to point out that this hut ...   More ▶︎
From Pukekohatu looking South along the Kaimai Range

From Pukekohatu looking South along the Kaimai Range

The track follows the old North South Track for a short distance. The rest of the route south from here ...   More ▶︎
Tunnel on the Piako County Tramway

Tunnel on the Piako County Tramway

It's a bit alarming arriving here because the track seems to end. But on closer inspection there is light at ...   More ▶︎
Butler's Incline

Butler's Incline

The restored headgear at the top of Butler's Incline   More ▶︎
Hardy's Hut, Te Aroha

Hardy's Hut, Te Aroha

The ruins of Hardy's Hut - an old miner's hut (or should I say prospector, as nothing much of worth ...   More ▶︎
The difference between a track and a route is?

The difference between a track and a route is?

My Aussie mate wanted to know the difference so to his delite I showed him for a couple of days. ...   More ▶︎
Mt Te Aroha

Mt Te Aroha

A GPX showing a couple of the routes on this mountain   More ▶︎
Mt Te Aroha Track

Mt Te Aroha Track

Mt Te Aroha track, last stages before summit.   More ▶︎
Mt Te Aroha Track

Mt Te Aroha Track

Mt Te Aroha track, last stages before summit.   More ▶︎
Te Aroha Summit

Te Aroha Summit

We enjoyed this tramp found it step in places and then the track appeared to go on and on. was ...   More ▶︎
Mt Te Aroha Track

Mt Te Aroha Track

Track to top of Mt Te Aroha from Te Aroha Domain.   More ▶︎
Te Aroha

Te Aroha

The TV mast and trip compete for attention atop Te Aroha (953m).   More ▶︎
Northeast Track from Te Aroha

Northeast Track from Te Aroha

The view east across Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park from the summit of Te Aroha. The Mangakino catchment is to the left ...   More ▶︎
Mount Te Aroha

Mount Te Aroha

A decent climb through rich forest to the summit of Te Aroha (953m), the highest point in the Kaimai Ranges. ...   More ▶︎
Te Aroha

Te Aroha

At 953m, Te Aroha is the highest point in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park. Views from the track northeast of the ...   More ▶︎
Mt Te Aroha in the snow

Mt Te Aroha in the snow

Every time that I have been on the summit of Mt Te Aroha it has been very cold, but this ...   More ▶︎
Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

A narrow strip of land including the Kaimai Ranges and the Mamaku Plateau.   More ▶︎
Mt Te Aroha

Mt Te Aroha

Track well formed till Whakapipi lookout then turns more natural   More ▶︎
Te Aroha in the snow

Te Aroha in the snow

Track up Mt Te Aroha in the snow. October 2009.   More ▶︎