Introduction

This walking track is a beautiful cool, retreat during the summer months.

Track overview

5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr 15 min one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track

Description

This track features mature tawa/podocarp forest with many fern species in the understorey, a stream with swimming holes and three impressive kauri trees that are growing near their southern limit.

The track leaves from a carpark on the Waikato side of the Kaimai range on SH29. It passes through pine forest before entering bush. The track continues on an easy grade for 20 minutes before descending to the Rapurapu Stream, which it crosses eight times before reaching the kauri grove. The largest tree measures 180 cm in diameter and 14 m to the first branch. 

A view of the three big trees may be obtained from the rocks in the middle of the stream, just before climbing the boardwalk steps. Kauri have a shallow root system which can easily be damaged. Keep to the boardwalk to avoid trampling the sensitive roots.

Return along the same track.

Getting there

On SH29, about 4 km past the Kaimai Summit towards the Waikato side, a short gravel road on the left (not signposted) leads to a parking area where the track begins.

Know before you go

Caution – multiple river crossings are required. These are not difficult during good weather but may become impassable after heavy rain.

Consult a topographic map.

Mountain biking is not permitted.

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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