Time: 2 hr 30 min to Mangaoraka picnic area, 3 hr to Kaiauai carpark
Distance: 5 km to Mangaoraka picnic area, 6.5 km to Kaiauai carpark
Entering the forest at Rahiri Cottage on the edge of Egmont National Park, the track climbs steadily uphill along the edge of the Waiwhakaiho Gorge, high above the Waiwhakaiho River.
There are several tree windfalls, and the track is overgrown in sections. Unbridged stream crossings may become impassable after heavy rain.
Reaching the junction with the Mangaoraka Track, there are a few options available: either exit to the Mangaoraka picnic area to be picked up by prearranged transport or continue on to the Kaiauai carpark on Egmont Road to be picked up by prearranged transport; return down the Waiwhakaiho Track; or continue up on to the Ram Track to North Egmont and complete the Ngatoro - Mangaoraka - Waiwhakaiho - Ram Track.
These tramps are in the Egmont National Park, at North Egmont Roadend approximately a 30 minute drive from New Plymouth. Drive south on State Highway 3 to Egmont Village and turn right onto Egmont Road. North Egmont is at the end of this road.
These tracks have overgrown sections and can be hard to navigate. There are several fallen trees. Unbridged stream crossings may become impassable after heavy rain. Some areas are steep and exposed.
Be prepared for changeable weather
Weather on the mountain changes rapidly – you must be well prepared with suitable clothing and equipment for all weather and conditions.
Snow, high rainfall and storm damage can make tracks impassable – many rivers and streams are unbridged.
Check the Egmont National Park weather forecast before you go.