Walks at Aongatete take you through pūriri and kohekohe forest and along the Aongatete River. All Aongatete walks start at the car park. There is a map here that details the walks.
Time: 15 min return
Distance: 640 m
This short loop takes you through a lowland forest area.
Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 2.2 km
Take the well-marked Loop Track path until you reach a junction. The Long Loop continues straight ahead. Turn left for a gentler, well-graded walk through bush, emerging near the car park after about an hour. Cross the stile and walk down the paddock to the car park.
Time: 3 hr 30 m loop
Distance: 6.4 km
This is a more difficult track including short, moderately steep sections and stream crossings.
Follow the Loop Tracks path to the junction with the Short Loop and continue straight ahead. Follow the path through the bush, crossing a small stream and following beside another one, before the path rounds a corner and begins to head back to the road. Continue through bush until another junction with the Short Loop Track is reached. Take the path to the right, which emerges from the forest at the top of a paddock. Cross the stile and walk down to the car park.
Time: 30 min one way
Distance: 475 m
The Aongatete River may be accessed from this track, which starts on the western side of the lodge and might be slippery in damp conditions. A left branch off this track, about 15 minutes down, leads to some attractive swimming holes and is worth exploring.
Alternative route to the North South Track (tramping track)
The Aongatete Link Track reaches a junction with the North South Track about 1 hour from the lodge. From here, longer walks to Thompsons Track or Wairere Falls are possible. There is a river crossing on this section of the track.
The Aongatete tracks start at the car park at the end of Wright Road, off SH 2 between Tauranga and Katikati, towards the Aongatete Outdoor Education Lodge. Park in the car park before the gate to the lodge.
You cannot go to the lodge as it is not public land. Contact the lodge manager to organise access.