Leitch's clearing

Image: Cormac Flynn | Creative Commons


Take the shortest route to Leitch's clearing and Leitch's Hut.

Track overview

17 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

6 hr return Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Dog access

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

About this track


From the car park at the end of Leitch Road, follow the track into Whareorino forest. It's a former surveyed road and is well graded.

Starting at a farm gate, the track passes farmland as it climbs before entering bush. The track decends to Leitch's clearing – walk across the clearing to reach the hut.

There are no major streams to cross on this track.

Getting there

From Piopio, turn west onto Mangaotaki Road then onto Leitch Road. The car park and entrance to the track is at the end of the road. Leitch Road (5.5km) has a gravel surface.

History and culture

Sam Leitch was a soldier awarded land after World War I in a solder's land lottery called the ballot. Leitch was awarded an isolated farm, now part of the wider Whareorino forest.The clearing where the hut now stands was the site of Leitch's home. Remnants of his plantings, mainly macrocapa and eleagnus, are still in place. 

Know before you go

Keep to the tracks to prevent the spread of chytrid fungus that affects the endangered Archey's frog.

Maps: Use NZTopo50 BF31 (Marokopa ) and BF32 (Piopio)


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