Tracks

Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

North South Track
North South Track
Track 7 days. Easy/medium. One way.
Traversing the length of the Kaimai Range from the Karangahake Gorge to the Mamaku Plateau, this track follows historic trails to explore kauri logging and gold mining areas.
Te Aroha - Waitawheta Tramway Circuit
Te Aroha - Waitawheta Tramway Circuit
Track 2 – 3 days. Medium. Loop track.
A varied loop through Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, including both the highest point in the park and a section of the famous Waitawheta Tramway, and exploring the park's mining and milling history.
Waitawheta Tramway
Waitawheta Tramway
Track 2 days. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
This is any easy overnight tramp in the Kaimai ranges. It follows the path of an old logging tramway up the Waitawheta river to the new Waitawheta Hut at an old sawmill site.
Mt Hiwiroa
Mt Hiwiroa
Track 1 day. Medium. Return via same track.
An energetic return day trip. The first half follows relatively easy tracks but the second half is overgrown and more challenging.
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track
Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track
Track 1 – 2 days. Medium. Return via same track.
From a very muddy Thompson's Track to an rough North South Track, this can't be described as the greatest of tracks. But the hut is a pleasant one with a great view. A side trip will take you to th...
Mount Te Aroha
Mount Te Aroha
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. Loop track.
A decent climb through rich forest to the summit of Te Aroha (953m), the highest point in the Kaimai Ranges. Extensive views out across the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park and out to sea.
Waiorongomai - Waipapa track - Waitawheta Hut
Waiorongomai - Waipapa track - Waitawheta Hut
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. One way.
A track to Waitawheta Hut which takes in the historic Waiorongomai valley and then takes the new Waipapa track which replaces the old eroded track to the hut
Rapurapu Kauris Track
Rapurapu Kauris Track
Track Easy. Return via same track.
An easy half day return trip to 3 Kauri Trees. The main challenge is eight crossings of the stream
Wairere Falls
Wairere Falls
Track 0 – 1 day. Easy. Return via same track.
A popular walk up to these spectacular falls
Waitawheta Hut from Lindemann Rd
Waitawheta Hut from Lindemann Rd
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. One way.
A steep climb initially but some interesting Kauri Dams along the way. This route does not cross any major streams so is a good wet weather option
Waitawheta Hut from Wharawahara Rd
Waitawheta Hut from Wharawahara Rd
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. One way.
An interesting walk up an old tram line and then over the ridge to the Waitawheta Valley. As the track crosses the Wharawhara Stream a few times this route is less suitable in bad weather.

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.