Waikaia River Walk

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Waikaia Forest is a large island of beech forest, nestled in the mountain farmlands of northern Southland. Piano Flat, a grassy enclosure at the southern end, provides a picnic area, camping ground and several walking tracks.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various: 30 min - 7 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

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

About this track


Ngahere Ara track

Time: 30 min return

This is an easy walk leading to mine shafts and an operational water race built in the gold mining days.

Piano Flat Creek Loop track

Time: 1 hr return

This track passes through beech forest and signs of early sawmilling days.

Waikaia River track

Time: 4 hr return

This track follows up the true right of the river, crosses a swing bridge and returns along the opposite bank and along the road.

Titan Rocks track

Time: 7 hr return

A marked route, this rewarding tramp offers excellent views from above the bush line.

Getting there

Waikaia is situated 54 km north of Gore beside the Waikaia River.


Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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