Follow the Waitōtara River to Trains Hut.

Track overview

12 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

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

About this track


This track follows the Waitōtara River to Trains Hut.

The first hour is on a bulldozed track to Kapara homestead/farm which is private land.

For the next one and a half hours the track follows the packhorse road that separates the scrub covered Kapara farm and the Waitōtara River. There are three swingbridges on this section.

After tunnel culvert, the track moves into heavier bush. Some of the track in this area is on high ledges above the river and side gorges.

The track breaks into open river bank as you approach the fork with the Ōmaru Stream. Soon after is Terereohaupa Falls. Access to view them is just a little way downstream. Trains Hut is about 10 minutes away. The section of the river between the falls and the hut is very picturesque.

Getting there

From Whanganui, drive west on State Highway 3 for 29 km towards the township of Waitōtara. Just before the road bridge over the Waitōtara River turn left onto Waitōtara Valley Road. Continue along this road for 43 km until it becomes Taumatatahi Road. Carry on this road for another 10 km to the roadend. The carpark is on the right just before the cattlestop.

Know before you go

Safety information

  • Fires – fires are not permitted.
  • Weather conditions – track users are urged to observe the weather conditions and seek advice as wet, slippery conditions may be experienced at times, particularly during winter and early spring.
  • Communications – this area is remote with no cell phone coverage.  It is recommended that you carry an emergency alert device (e.g. PLB/Spot tracker).
  • Dropoffs – there are multiple dropoffs on this track.  Care should be taken while passing these.
  • Windfalls – there may be windfalls on the track after weather events.  Care should be taken while going around the fallen trees.
  • Water – during dry periods, extra water should be carried as the hut water may be dry or stagnant. Treat or boil all water before drinking.
  • Wasps – wasps are a known hazard and are particularly common from January until May. Carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.

Trip intentions

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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