Maratoto Valley
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Discover two beautiful waterfalls on this track.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

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.

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).

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
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
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