From the Lawrence Road end there are a variety of options, for day or overnight trips. Some are round trips and some link with other road ends or access points to the park.
Lawrence Road to Lotkow Shelter
Time: 2 - 3 hr
At the Lawrence roadend, a swingbridge crosses the Tutaekuri River giving access to the track that leads to the Lotkow road end. For day visitors there are two interesting options from here. Cross the bridge and follow the track, which sidles steeply at first, then gently uphill through kanuka forest.
After about 45 minutes the Mackintosh Track turns off to the left and 5 minutes along this track is an open, rocky knoll, an excellent vantage point with views across the Mackintosh Plateau and up the Donald River to the peaks of the main Kaweka Range.
For an alternative route back from Lotkow Road to the Lawrence Shelter, follow the Mackintosh Track, which drops steeply off the ridge for 10 minutes and then descends steadily to the Donald River for 20 minutes.
Follow the Donald River downstream for an hour, to where it joins the Tutaekuri River, about 5 minutes upriver from the Lawrence swingbridge. The walk along the Donald River is unmarked, but access along manuka terraces is not difficult.
Lawrence Road loop via Lotkow Track, Lookout and Donald River
Time: 2 - 3 hr
Blowhard Bush Reserve is located on the corner of Lawrence Road and the Napier-Taihape Road. It's owned by Forest and Bird and contains four walking tracks. For information, see the Forest & Bird website.
Lawrence Road is approximately 70 km from Napier and can be accessed off the Napier/Taihape Road which dissects the southern section of the park.
Nature and conservation
Altitude in the area ranges from about 800 to 1200 metres and the area is exposed apart from the steep river gorges. Two major rivers, Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro emerge from the ranges along the Napier/Taihape Road.