5 km return via same track
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.
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.
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.