The Wires Track is named after the telephone line which used to run through the Maratoto. Remnants of these old telephone poles can be seen along the track, as can the fence from an old cattle holding pen.
Two beautiful falls are found not far off the track on the Hamuti Stream. As well as the falls, there are side excursions that can be made along the track to large kauri and totara trees.
The track is well marked and gives lovely views across Maratoto. It's steep in places and during winter there can be muddy spots.
The track finishes where it meets the 4WD track.
To return to the carpark, go back the same way or loop back via the 4WD track. The 4WD track takes less than two hours, but note it's designed for 4WD vehicles, not trampers, so care must be taken.
Experienced trampers can continue on to cross the main range (Maratoto - Wentworth Crossing).
Just south of Hikutaia, turn off SH26 onto Maratoto Road. After 6 km, turn off into Wires Road. The track is signposted off Wires Road 500 m before the gate and carpark.
Know before you go
The first section of the track is through private land so follow the marker poles.