View of Otaki Forks campsite from Fenceline Loop track
Image: Neil Dixon | ©
Time: 50 min return
The Arcus Loop commemorates the Arcus family who farmed the Otaki Forks locality from the 1930s. The walk begins on Boielle Flat and crosses the Waiotauru River footbridge, then works its way across the river terraces and gullies as it climbs to join the Field Track. There are good views of the campground and river.
Time: 1 hr 30 min - 2 hr
The Fenceline Loop passes through regenerating forest above the campground and gives some good views of the Waiotauru Valley. The track crosses a slip 10 minutes from the carpark, care should be taken in this area.
Time: 40 min return
The Waiotauru Walk is an easy walk from the Waiotauru carpark up-valley to the site and relics of Seed and O’Brien’s sawmill.
Otaki Forks is 19 km inland from Otaki township – approx. 1 hr 30 min drive from Wellington or Palmerston North. The easiest turnoff from SH1 is at Otaki Gorge Road, just south of the SH1 bridge over the Otaki River. The last 5 km of the Otaki Gorge Road is unsealed, narrow and windy – drive carefully.