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Beverley Price Loop, Pohuehue Reserve

Pohuehue Waterfall is a highlight on the loop. Photo: Alistair Hall
Area
Pohuehue Reserve
Distance
3.03km
Time
2-2.5hr
Grade
Easy
Access
From the car park on SH1, 8.5km north of the Puhoi turn-off
Map
AZ31
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The track drops steeply from the road to Pohuehue Stream. The stream is shallow but wide enough to warrant a bridge and is surrounded by native bush which lets the odd bit of sunshine through to make this a peaceful setting just a few minutes, walk from the growling engines that can still be heard speeding along SH1. Head south along the Beverley Price Loop Track towards a waterfall which is the walk's main attraction. The track is well graded and in excellent condition for the first few hundred metres (at time of writing DOC was upgrading the track to the waterfall). There's an viewing platform at the waterfall providing an excellent outlook high above the stream and the forest canopy - well worth the 10-15min walk. The Beverley Price Loop continues uphill and passes through more dense and mature forest. There are windfalls to negotiate and with the track resembling a route it takes on an altogether more remote and adventurous feel than you would expect. After about an hour the track emerges from the bush onto a forestry road for about one kilometre until it re-enters the bush, though this time through pines. With a thick bed of pine needles the steep track is very slippery. This track descends back to the track start.