A feature of this track is the variety of forest in a relatively small area. The western side is a podocarp forest of matai, miro and rimu. To the north east the forest is red and silver beech and kamahi with an understorey of crown fern. Looking to the north west the bush was milled right up the track and is now regenerating.
In the distance is a view of Lake Taupo.
Along the eastern side of the loop you'll see trees banded with aluminium to protect a rare species of red mistletoe from browsing possums. Look out for the inquisitive North Island robin as you walk around the loop.
There is good hunting in the area, as well as access to the upper Tauranga-Taupo river for fishing.
10 km north of Turangi, turn off SH1 onto Kiko Road. Follow this for 17 km to the carpark.
Know before you go
The carpark has a picnic area and toilet.
Be aware that the forest plantations on either side of Kiko Road are on private land.