Kauri on Waiotemarama Loop Track
Image: Sarah Wilcox
546 m to waterfall return via same track
The track follows the Waiotemarama Stream up through a gorge to a waterfall. There are stunning views of the beautiful, 20-metre falls and the surrounding bush. The vegetation here is mainly tawa and taraire, and other assorted hardwoods.
At the waterfall the Hauturu Highpoint Track begins where the track crosses an unbridged stream. The track is rough in places and can be extremely slippery in wet weather.
From the north: Follow SH12 towards Opononi. 4 km before Opononi turn left onto Waiotemarama Gorge Road. Follow it for 6 km to the start of the Waiotemarama Waterfall Walk (sign posted).
From the south: Follow SH12 towards Opononi. Pass through the town of Waimamaku, and 6 km before Opononi, turn right onto Waiotemarama Gorge Road. Follow the road for 4 km to the start of the Waiotemarama Waterfall Walk.
The vegetation here is mainly tawa and taraire, and other assorted hardwoods.
Check the weather forecast before you go − heavy rainfall an cause Waiotemarama Stream to flood rapidly