Time: 15 min return
Distance: 640 m
Start from the carpark and follow the signs along the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre bypass track to the start of the loop tracks (four-way junction). Follow the track ‘Nature Walk’ which loops into the Swimming Hole Track and back to the junction. Kids will enjoy this walk which takes in some large trees including pūriri.
Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 2.2 km
Continue up the well-marked loop track until you reach a left-hand branch. The 'long loop' continues straight ahead. Turning left will take you around the 'short loop', a more gentle, well-graded walk.
Time: 30 min one way
Distance: 475 m
The Aongatete River may be accessed from the carpark bypass track by following the Swimming Hole signage. A left branch off this track at the North South Track junction, about 15 min 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 Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre. From here, longer walks to Thompsons Track or Wairere Falls are possible.
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.
The Aongatete tracks start at the carpark at the end of Wright Road off SH2 between Tauranga and Katikati, towards the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre.
The carpark is before the gate to the Education Centre, which may be locked at any time.
You must 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.
Book with the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre to use their facilities.