IntroductionGrass clearings and an old fence are a legacy of days gone by when this section was highly modified by burning and farming.
This walk links Hot Springs Road with Te Rereatukahia Hut and the Te Rereatukahia Track. Since the disestablishment of part of the loop track, the easiest route to Te Rereatukahia Hut is from the end of Hot Springs Road. Follow the well-formed track at the end of the car park for about 3 hrs to reach the hut.
Return the same way or exit via Wharawhara Road. From the hut, Te Rereatukahia Track continues towards Wharawhara Link along a flat ridge top before descending steeply. About 1 hr after the hut is a junction with a track leading to the end of Wharawhara Road.
Carpark at the end of Hot Springs Road, or carpark at the end of Wharawhara Road off SH 2 (just south of Katikati).
You must be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on longer day walks. Ensure you have strong, comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen.
Consult a topographic map.
Mountain biking is not permitted.