Maratoto Valley

Image: buckton | Creative Commons


This well marked track gives lovely views across Maratoto and you can see remnants of the old telephone line.


Topographic map warning

Topo50 maps show tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


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.

The track is well marked and gives lovely views across Maratoto. It's steep in places.

The track finishes where it meets the Maratoto Track.

To return to the carpark, go back the same way or loop back via the Maratoto Track. The Maratoto Track takes less than two hours.

Experienced trampers can continue on to cross the main range (Maratoto - Wentworth Crossing).

Getting there

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.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
Back to top