This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park.

Track overview

3.9 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr - 1 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

45 min Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


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.

Getting there

10 km north of Tūrangi, 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.


Turangi Office
Phone:   +64 7 384 7106
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   3 Town Centre
Turangi 3334
Postal Address:   Private Bag 2
Turangi 3353
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