Orari Gorge track

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This circular walk passes through regenerating forest with some large tōtara, kahikatea and mataī.

Track overview

3.3 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track initially follows an old bush tramway, which was used to extract logs. Continue straight on though a mosaic of regenerating trees before climbing to an open highpoint.

The return leg is through bush with some extensive stands of kānuka. Turn right at the track junction back to the car park.

Getting there

The Orari Gorge Scenic Reserve 15 km from Geraldine. It is opposite the Glenburn Youth Camp on Yates Rd.

Take Main North Rd (72) 4.5 km out of Geraldine and turn left on Tripp Settlement Rd. Follow this for 7.5 km before turning left onto Yates Rd.


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