IntroductionA challenging east-west crossing of the Kaimai Ranges featuring stream crossings and historic tramways.
This is an east–west crossing of the Kaimai Range that can be walked in either direction and also provides access to overnight tramps via the North–South Track. Start at the end of Whakamarama Road, along the Pā Kereru Track, which descends for 600 m to a junction. Take the Ngamarama Track to the right and follow an old tramline until you reach an open clearing.
The track then leaves this tramline and climbs a steep ridge to join another tramline heading southwest. From here, the track descends into the Waiteariki basin. This track crosses two streams before meeting the junction with the North–South Track. It then continues westwards for 1 hr before dropping down the steep western escarpment of the Kaimai Range to the farmland below.
The marked route passes through private land to Te Tuhi Road, so keep to the track. Te Whare Okioki is reached after a 3-hr tramp from Te Tuhi Road or a 4-hr tramp from Whakamarama Road.
Located within the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, this walk begins at the end of Whakamarama Road, just north of Tauranga off SH2. It can also be walked from the other end starting at Te Tuhi Road which is off Old Te Aroha Road.
Consult a topographic map.