Koranga Kahunui confluence
Image: Moira Lee | DOC
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.
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.
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.
Time: 3 hr
It's mainly river walking to the historic Kahunui Hut.
Time: 3 hr 15 min
Walk on open river flats beside the river to reach Makakoere Hut.
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.
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.
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.