Koranga Kahunui confluence

Image: Moira Lee | DOC

Introduction

This loop track provides options for an overnight tramp with children or a multi-day tramp.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 - 3 days Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

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

About this track

Description

Walk this loop in either direction or visit each of the two huts on separate return trips. The river level should be low if you want to complete the entire trip. The tracks are well marked but you should be fully equipped with a good level of backcountry experience. Follow the yellow marker poles in farmland sections.

Moanui Road to Koranga Forks Hut

Time: 2–3 hr

The track to the Koranga Forks Hut runs alongside the Koranga River with opportunities for swimming. It's a good overnight tramp for families with children. The hut is situated in the fork of the Koranga and Kahunui streams. A swing bridge crosses the Koranga River 5 minutes from the hut.

Koranga Forks Hut to Tawa Hut

Time: 3–4 hr 

The trip between the Koranga Forks Hut and the Tawa Hut is along the Kahunui Stream bed. The majority of the track is in the river, a large orange track marker on the true right indicates exit from the river onto the benched track that takes approximately 30 minutes to get to the Tawa Hut.

The route between the two huts should not be attempted when river levels are high.

Side trip: Tawa Hut - Kahunui Hut

Time: 3 hr

It's mainly river walking to the historic Kahunui Hut.

Side trip: Tawa Hut - Makakoere Hut

Time: 3 hr 15 min

Walk on open river flats beside the river to reach Makakoere Hut.

Tawa Hut to Moanui Road

Time: 4–5 hr

The benched track starts at the hut and continues upstream beside the Kahunui Stream. Continue up the Kahunui and into the Kahuiti Stream. There is a well formed benched track most of the way up through the bush to the farm land. A steep descent down through farmland (known as "the burn" if you're going up) takes you back to the Koranga River and Moanui swing bridge. From this point the well marked track takes 30 minutes to the Moanui Road end and carpark.

Getting there

Halfway between Opotiki and Gisborne on SH2, turn into Te Wera Road at the Motu River Bridge, then right into Moanui Road - a gravel road with some narrow sections.

Know before you go

There are three track washouts within the first km of track from the Moanui road end carpark. These are passable but take care. 

Be aware this area is popular with hunters.

Contacts

Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
Phone:   +64 6 869 0460
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   gisborne@doc.govt.nz
Address:   63 Carnarvon Street
Gisborne 4010
Postal Address:   PO Box 668
Gisborne 4040
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