- Eastern Ruahine Forest Park
- Via SH50 from either Napier/Hastings or Dannevirke, to Wakarara Rd. Follow this for about 20km to North Block Rd, then follow this road to the end
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The marked track up the Waipawa River is not accessible so this is a wet feet river bash – some 20 crossings are required on the way to Waipawa Forks Hut (12 bunks).
Overgrowth on the next section pushes trampers back into the stream. Waipawa Saddle offers grand views of the surrounding countryside and from here it’s a short tramp to Waikamaka Hut (8 bunks).