Introduction

A challenging east-west crossing of the Kaimai Ranges featuring stream crossings and historic tramways.

Track overview

11.7 km one way

Walking and tramping

6 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

From Whakamarama Road end the track descends down for 100 m to the junction with the Leyland O’Brien Tramline Track and Ngamarama Track. Take the Ngamarama Track to the right and follow an old tramline to an open clearing. It then leaves the tramline climb a steep ridge to join another tramline heading southwest.

This tramline is followed for some distance then the track leaves it to follow old bulldozer tracks before descending into the Waiteariki Basin, becoming the Te Tuhi Track. The track crosses a number of streams then meets the junction with the North South Track. The Waiteariki basin at the junction is suitable for camping.

The Te Tuhi Track continues westward for an hour before dropping down the steep western escarpment of the Kaimai Range to farmland below. The marked route passes through private land to Te Tuhi Road. Please keep to the track.

Getting there

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.

Know before you go

Consult a topographic map.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Contacts

Tauranga Office
Phone:   +64 7 578 7677
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
Postal Address:   PO Box 9003
Greerton West
Tauranga 3142
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