The track goes along steep faces within a flooded canyon. The track is benched with steps in steeper sections but is narrow with steep drop-offs below. Take care when walking with young children.
The track is well defined and easy to follow to the stream delta where it comes to an end amongst the shady willows. A table is available along the way for a lakeside picnic.
Turn off SH83 at Aviemore Dam onto Te Akatarawa Road.
Map: NZTopo50 CA16 Otematata
Plants you may see include prostrate kōwhai, Sophora prostrata, which flowers in August/September, and two rare native brooms, Carmichaelia curta and Carmichaelia kirkii - both threatened species.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.