Wairere Falls Track, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

The short but steep climb to Wairere Falls wastes no time in stealing your breath, but the views will do the same. The falls makes its first impression during…

Distance
5.6km
Time
3h return
Grade
Easy

Lower Whirinaki Track, Whirinaki Conservation Park

The Central Whirinaki-Mangamate Loop showcases the ancient Whirinaki Forest, which was saved from the sawmill by New Zealand’s budding green movement in the 1980s. The two-to-three day track is…

Distance
33.5km
Time
River Road to Central Whirinaki Hut, 4.5hr; Central Whirinaki Hut to Mangamate Hut, 2.5-3hr; Mangamate Hut to River Road, 3hr
Grade
Moderate

Wahaatua Hut, Uratawa Conservation Area

Wild, wonderful and steep country Living in Whakatane, Uratawa Conservation Area is one of my favourite close-to-home areas to tramp and hunt. I had previously visited Wahaatua from the…

Distance
18km
Time
Bush Haven to Te Waiti Hut, 1.5hr; Te Waiti Hut to Wahaatua Hut, 4hr
Grade
Moderate

Otupakawa Hut via Koaunui Hut, Te Urewera

Nurturing the mauri In 2013, the Te Urewera Act gave the former Te Urewera National Park ‘all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person’. A joint…

Distance
23.8km
Time
Lions Education Centre to Koaunui Hut 4-5hr, Koaunui Hut to Otapukawa Hut 5-6hr, Otapukawa Hut to LEC 2.5hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, Te Urewera

With its plethora of huts and campsites, the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk offers a perfect choose-your-own-adventure circuit for a multi-day tramp. The 46km Te Urewera trail can be walked…

Distance
42.3km
Time
12-16hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Aniwaniwa Falls, Te Urewera

In the north-eastern corner of Lake Waikaremoana, in Te Urewera National Park, the sinuous Aniwaniwa Stream enters the lake through a small cove. While this peaceful interface of river,…

Distance
200-300m
Time
15-60min
Grade
Easy

Tarawera Trail

From the car park, the track descends the Wairoa Valley to the lake shore. The next hour of the walk undulates close to the coastline with several opportunities to…

Distance
12.3km
Time
4-5hr
Grade
Easy

Midway Hut, Te Urewera National Park

It’s just a three-hour walk up the Horomanga River to Midway Hut. It’s an easy walk but one with a multitude of river crossings so it might be best…

Distance
7km
Time
2.5-3.5hr
Grade
Easy

Hamurana Springs Walk, Hamurana Recreation Reserve

Noted as the deepest natural spring in the North Island, Hamurana Springs, along the northern side of Lake Rotorua, and its network of peaceful trails through both native forest…

Distance
888m
Time
30-40 minutes
Grade
Easy

Te Waiti Hut, Urutawa Conservation Area

The Pakihi-Te Waiti Valley Circuit is a reasonably demanding tramp. ] The Pakihi Track section has been added to the New Zealand cycleways system and is a well-benched mountain-bike-standard…

Distance
27km
Time
12-14hr
Grade
Moderate

Nga Tapuwae o Toi walkway, Whakatane

The reserve is home to about 150 of the birds. The track zigzags through pohutukawa forest and enters a North Island brown kiwi sanctuary. The track crosses Burma Road…

Distance
10.9km
Time
3hr
Grade
Easy

Kauritatahi Hut, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

Thompsons Track is often used by 4WDs and trail bikers so is wide and can be muddy and rutted in places. Take this track until the junction with the…

Distance
8.65km one way
Time
5-7hr to Kauritatahi Hut
Grade
Difficult

Kohi Point Walkway, Ohope Scenic Reserve

An obvious path from Seaview Rd leads to the top of Wairere Falls. The track then sidles around the flanks of Kapu te Rangi. Several information panels are placed…

Distance
4.5km
Time
3hr
Grade
Easy