This walk includes a section of Old Kaimai Road and can be walked in either direction.
From the carpark at the Tuakopae Stream Bridge on Old Kaimai Road, the track crosses a clearing before reaching a junction. A short side track leads down to the base of a waterfall and large swimming hole. The main track continues to join up with the western branch of the Henderson Tramline. When the tramline ends the track follows haul lines to the summit. Turn north on to the North South historic track until meeting up with the junction at the northern tramline.
Follow the tramline east, then a cut track through the bush to the park boundary and along the edge of cleared land beside a deer fence. The track crosses two large tributaries of the Rataroa Stream before reaching the Old Kaimai Road. These are not bridged, but are normally shallow enough to cross with care. Follow the road back to the start of the track.
This track starts by the Tuakopae Stream bridge on Old Kaimai Road, off SH29 near Kaimai Summit.
Know before you go
Streams in this area will rise quickly after heavy rain. Expect to get wet feet along this track.
Consult a topographic map.
You need to be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on the longer day walks. Ensure you have strong, comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen.
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.