Carpark to waterfall: 20 mins one way
Waterfall to fenceline: 45 mins one way
The first part of the track starts and ends with suspension bridges.
After the first bridge head to the left and follow the stream through a small bush remnant and open grassy areas.
After the second bridge it doesn't take long to reach the small waterfall - a good spot for a family picnic and a paddle in the stream (cross the ford on true right of the stream for a nice picnic spot).
You can explore upstream beyond the waterfall and look for fossils in the rocks and water.
On the true left, beyond the second suspension bridge and five minutes further along the track, you can cross the unbridged stream and follow a steep climb up to a bush-covered ridge. The track ends at the boundary fence - there is no view from this point; do not climb the fence.
A good track for children (though be aware it can be muddy, especially in winter), picnicking and looking for fossils in the stream below the waterfall. It is a good track for summer walking.
Turn off the Hamilton/Raglan Highway (SH23) into Karakariki Rd, then turn left into Karakariki Valley Rd to the car park at the road end.
Know before you go
- The first part of the track crosses private farmland. Respect the owner's rights and do not disturb stock.
- The track can become very muddy, especially in winter, due to pugging by stock; be mindful of this and wear appropriate footwear.
- Pet dogs are not allowed in the reserve and a permit is required for hunting dogs. A hunting permit issued by DOC covers only the 486 hectares of the reserve and not the adjoining bush blocks.