Kauri on Waiotemarama Loop Track
Image: Sarah Wilcox
546 m to waterfall | 1.5 km loop loop
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.
Past the waterfall the track is rough in places and can be extremely slippery in wet weather.
From the waterfall the track crosses an unbridged stream. It then zigzags up past the top of the waterfall and up the ridge to a view point overlooking the gorge. It siddles around through hardwood forest to a saddle and up a face to enter a kauri stand. From here the track climbs the main ridge to the start of the Hauturu Highpoint Track, then loops back down to rejoin the track out to the road end. There are nice views of kauri from the loop.
From the north: Follow SH12 towards Opononi. 4 km before Opononi turn left (sign posted) onto Waiotemarama Gorge Road. Follow it for 6 km to reach the start of the Waiotemarama Loop Track (sign posted).
From the south: Follow SH12 towards Opononi. Pass through the town of Waimamaku, and 6 km before Opononi, turn right (sign posted) onto Waiotemarama Gorge Road. Follow for another 4 km to reach the start of the Waiotemarama Loop Track (sign posted).
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