Introduction

There are a range of tramping tracks in Pureora Forest Park, ranging from a few hours to three days.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

2-3 hours Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

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

About this track

Description

Toitoi Track

Time and distance: 1 hr 30 min / 2.8 km to summit

This track provides alternative access to the summit of Mt Pureora. It leaves from the carpark on Tui Road and travels along the Timber Trail before veering off the Timber trail and moving up the northwest side of Mt Pureora. From the junction of the Timber Trail to the summit is 1.8 km or 45 min walk. 

Bog Inn Track

Due to ongoing forestry operations users must walk Tihoi and Bog Inn Roads from a locked gate 10 km from the park boundary. Otherwise use the Timber Trail, or Waihaha/Waihora tracks to access these areas.

Mt Titiraupenga Track

Time: 4 hr return 

Walk to the centre of the North Island cairn and turn right onto the Mt Titiraupenga Track, which climbs to a stunning lookout point just below the summit rock.

The summit of Mt Titiraupenga is Māori land and a taonga/treasure to local iwi. Respect cultural values by not climbing the summit rock.

Waihora Track

Time and distance: 1 hr 30 min / 4 km to Waihora Junction

From SH32 turn onto the Waihora Rd and travel approximately 3 km before turning left into the Waihora Lagoon carpark. From here the track follows an old road for 30 minutes to Pikopiko Stream and then a steady 1 hr climb will bring you to the junction with the Hauhungaroa Track.

Waihaha Track

Time and distance: 3 hr / 9.4 km to hut/campsite

The track follows the Waihaha River through shrubland before entering dense podocarp forest. The Waihaha Hut is in a clearing overlooking the river where the Waihaha Track meets the Hauhungaroa Track.

Mountain biking on Waihaha Track

Track categoryIntermediate: Grade 3
Time: 2-3 hr

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Ketemaringi Route

Time: 4 hr to Totara Stream Crossing

From the end of Ketemaringi Rd, climb steadily for 1 hour to Ketemaringi Trig. The route then turns south and descends easily down a ridge to emerge onto Totara Stream Rd. It is a further 1 hour walk to the car park at the Totara Stream Crossing.

Mangatutu Route

Time: 2 hr to ridge

This unmarked hunters' access route starts from the northern end of Okahukura Rd in the north block of the park. The route crosses two streams before climbing steeply onto the main ridge leading to Mt Ranginui. The route ends at the top of the ridge.

Hauhungaroa Track (Link Rd to Mangakahu Valley Rd)

Time: Approximately 3 days

This 45 km track traverses the Hauhungaroa Range from Link Rd to Mangakahu Valley Rd.

Initially you follow the Mt Pureora Track to Mt Pureora before dropping down the Toitoi Track to join the Pureora Timber Trail turning off the signposted track to Bog Inn Hut.

After skirting the Bog climb the ridge to Mt Weraroa (3 hr), turn east and drop steeply to the Waihora Track (1 hr 30 min). The track continues onto the Waihaha Hut (4 hr). Continue upstream from the Waihaha Hut on the true left of the Waihaha River. Just to the south of Te Awaiti Stream the track turns southwest and climbs the ridge onto the crest of the Hauhungaroa Range. Follow the crest south and the track continues to the Hauhungaroa Hut (7 hr from Waihaha Hut).

From the Hauhungaroa Hut continue following the crest south past Mt Motere before dropping down to the head of the Mangakahu Valley and the road end (3 hr).

Getting there

The main access points to the park are from:

  • SH30 via Maraeroa or Barryville Roads to Pureora Village or Waitaramoa Rd to the northern block
  • SH32 via Arataki, Kakaho and Waihora Roads to the eastern side of the park
  • SH4 via Ongarue and Waimiha on the south-western side.

Note: there is no petrol outlet at Pureora. The nearest facilities are at Benneydale, 15 min west along SH30, or at Mangakino 20 min east.

Know before you go

  • All timings are approximate.
  • There is no fuel in Pureora, so ensure you have enough before you visit. A small range of retail products are available at Pa Harakeke (open 7 days during the summer season, and 5 days Monday – Friday during winter).
  • These tracks vary in difficulty and require experience.
  • Carry enough food, water and warm clothing for a safe and enjoyable time.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly so always carry warm clothing and a raincoat.
  • Because of the terrain and heavily forested nature of the park trampers are advised to obtain the relevant topographical maps (NZTopo50 series BF34; BF35; BG34; BG35; BH34;BH35; BE34; BE35) available from the Te Kuiti DOC office.

Contacts

Te Kuiti Office
Phone:   +64 7 878 1050
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tekuiti@doc.govt.nz
Address:   78 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti 3910
Postal Address:   PO Box 38
Te Kuiti 3941
Back to top