This walk showcases excellent examples of large canopy trees, understory, ground plants, lichens, ferns, orchids and epiphytes. The Kaimai lookout over the Waikato plains is two hundred metres down the road.
The track starts at the northern end of the gravelled carpark opposite the fresh water spring. This is a short excursion and can be described as easy, however the track crosses a small stream which could be impassable after heavy rain and is therefore classified as a tramping track.
Leaving the summit car park, follow the North South Track for about 10 min until reaching a track junction. Take the loop walk whcih follows a short ridge before dropping back down to meet up with the road 50 m below the carpark.
This track is located at the Kaimai Summit on SH29. The unsigned gravel carpark is on the northern side of the road, opposite the fresh water spring.
Know before you go
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.