Waikato / King Country

Waikato / King Country

42 Traverse - OPEN

Northern Start
Hakiaha St (SH4), Taumarunui
Southern End
End of Ketetahi Rd, Tongariro National Park
Distance
71km
Time
3-4 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Waione-Cokers track currently unmarked - use topo maps or GPS
Description
(North to South)

From Hakiaha St (SH4) in Taumarunui, head south (Turaki St and Morero Terrace) to cross the Whanganui River and get onto Hikumutu Rd for a long but pleasant walk through the countryside. Follow Hikumutu Rd through the small settlement of Hikumutu, past a brief encounter with the Whanganui River, then east to Owhango. You'll join Kawautahi Rd just before you get to Owhango, follow that E 1km to SH4. Then walk north 200m on SH4 and turn right/east into Omatane Rd on the southern edge of Owhango. Follow Omatane Rd, Onga St and Whakapapa Bush Rd to the start of the 42 Traverse. It is 27km from Hakiaha St in Taumarunui to Owhango.

42 Traverse (incl. Waione-Cokers Track) - 35km / 1.5 days
The track follows the 42 Traverse four wheel drive road for the first 22km - in wet conditions this can be very muddy/slippery - then branches off along the Waione/Cokers DOC track, then on to Access Road No 3 for a short while before a deviation northeast past the rich history of the Te Porere Redoubt before joining State Highway 47. A further 1.5km north there is the junction with State Highway 46 where there is accommodation.

(You may choose to walk down the entire 42 Traverse exiting on to State Highway 47 six kilometres further south. If you do so, turn left/north onto SH47 and continue north 9km to reconnect with Te Araroa at the Te Porere Redoubt exit onto SH47.)

A 7.5km road walk from the exit of Access Road No 3 to the turnoff for the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (a further 1km up to the carpark) is along sealed highway, broken only by a small settlement near the junction of Highways 46 and 47 that has some accommodation.

Although not the official Te Araroa route, there are options from Taumarunui:
- do a daytrip from Taumarunui to experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then kayak/canoe the upper reaches of the Whanganui River to Whakahoro and on to Pipiriki/Whanganui
- hire a mountain bike to ride the 42 Traverse, there are companies who will meet you at the other end to deliver your pack and collect the bike

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Transport to trailhead

There are several shuttle companies providing morning pick ups from nearby towns and delivery to the track start, i.e National Park, Ohakune, Turangi and Taupo. They include:
Tongariro Expeditions - Shuttle service to the Tongariro Crossing - P: 07 377 0435 - E: info@tongariroexpeditions.com (to/from Taupo, Turangi, Ketetahi, Whakapapa) - Multiple return times from  the Northern end of the track (6 kms from the Holiday Park).
Mountain Shuttle - (door to door shuttle from Turangi, Tokaanu, Whakapapa & Ketetahi) - P: 0800 11 76 86 freephone 
Matai Shuttles Transport - 61 Clyde St, Ohakune - P: 06 385 8724 - E: mataishuttles@xtra.co.nz 
 
Accommodation (Owhango)
Canoe Adventures (the old Owhango Hotel) - P: 0800 2 CANOE/07 8954854 - E: info@owhangoadventures.co.nz - full range of options including family, double, single rooms, dorm rooms and camping.
Forest Lodge - Omaki Rd, Owhango - P: 07 8954854 - E: reception@forest-lodge.co.nz - backpacker accommodation
 
Accommodation(end of route)
Tongariro Family Holiday Park - State Highway 47, Tongariro - P: 07 386 8062 - Camping, cabins and units.
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Taumarunui
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities on 42 Traverse
  • Shop in Owhango
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
Northern Start
Hakiaha St (SH4), Taumarunui
Southern End
End of Ketetahi Rd, Tongariro National Park
Distance
71km
Time
3-4 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

From Hakiaha St (SH4) in Taumarunui, head south (Turaki St and Morero Terrace) to cross the Whanganui River and get onto Hikumutu Rd for a long but pleasant walk through the countryside. Follow Hikumutu Rd through the small settlement of Hikumutu, past a brief encounter with the Whanganui River, then east to Owhango. You'll join Kawautahi Rd just before you get to Owhango, follow that E 1km to SH4. Then walk north 200m on SH4 and turn right/east into Omatane Rd on the southern edge of Owhango. Follow Omatane Rd, Onga St and Whakapapa Bush Rd to the start of the 42 Traverse. It is 27km from Hakiaha St in Taumarunui to Owhango.

42 Traverse (incl. Waione-Cokers Track) - 35km / 1.5 days
The track follows the 42 Traverse four wheel drive road for the first 22km - in wet conditions this can be very muddy/slippery - then branches off along the Waione/Cokers DOC track, then on to Access Road No 3 for a short while before a deviation northeast past the rich history of the Te Porere Redoubt before joining State Highway 47. A further 1.5km north there is the junction with State Highway 46 where there is accommodation.

(You may choose to walk down the entire 42 Traverse exiting on to State Highway 47 six kilometres further south. If you do so, turn left/north onto SH47 and continue north 9km to reconnect with Te Araroa at the Te Porere Redoubt exit onto SH47.)

A 7.5km road walk from the exit of Access Road No 3 to the turnoff for the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (a further 1km up to the carpark) is along sealed highway, broken only by a small settlement near the junction of Highways 46 and 47 that has some accommodation.

Although not the official Te Araroa route, there are options from Taumarunui:
- do a daytrip from Taumarunui to experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then kayak/canoe the upper reaches of the Whanganui River to Whakahoro and on to Pipiriki/Whanganui
- hire a mountain bike to ride the 42 Traverse, there are companies who will meet you at the other end to deliver your pack and collect the bike

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Waione-Cokers track currently unmarked - use topo maps or GPS
Description
(North to South)

From Hakiaha St (SH4) in Taumarunui, head south (Turaki St and Morero Terrace) to cross the Whanganui River and get onto Hikumutu Rd for a long but pleasant walk through the countryside. Follow Hikumutu Rd through the small settlement of Hikumutu, past a brief encounter with the Whanganui River, then east to Owhango. You'll join Kawautahi Rd just before you get to Owhango, follow that E 1km to SH4. Then walk north 200m on SH4 and turn right/east into Omatane Rd on the southern edge of Owhango. Follow Omatane Rd, Onga St and Whakapapa Bush Rd to the start of the 42 Traverse. It is 27km from Hakiaha St in Taumarunui to Owhango.

42 Traverse (incl. Waione-Cokers Track) - 35km / 1.5 days
The track follows the 42 Traverse four wheel drive road for the first 22km - in wet conditions this can be very muddy/slippery - then branches off along the Waione/Cokers DOC track, then on to Access Road No 3 for a short while before a deviation northeast past the rich history of the Te Porere Redoubt before joining State Highway 47. A further 1.5km north there is the junction with State Highway 46 where there is accommodation.

(You may choose to walk down the entire 42 Traverse exiting on to State Highway 47 six kilometres further south. If you do so, turn left/north onto SH47 and continue north 9km to reconnect with Te Araroa at the Te Porere Redoubt exit onto SH47.)

A 7.5km road walk from the exit of Access Road No 3 to the turnoff for the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (a further 1km up to the carpark) is along sealed highway, broken only by a small settlement near the junction of Highways 46 and 47 that has some accommodation.

Although not the official Te Araroa route, there are options from Taumarunui:
- do a daytrip from Taumarunui to experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then kayak/canoe the upper reaches of the Whanganui River to Whakahoro and on to Pipiriki/Whanganui
- hire a mountain bike to ride the 42 Traverse, there are companies who will meet you at the other end to deliver your pack and collect the bike

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Transport to trailhead

There are several shuttle companies providing morning pick ups from nearby towns and delivery to the track start, i.e National Park, Ohakune, Turangi and Taupo. They include:
Tongariro Expeditions - Shuttle service to the Tongariro Crossing - P: 07 377 0435 - E: info@tongariroexpeditions.com (to/from Taupo, Turangi, Ketetahi, Whakapapa) - Multiple return times from  the Northern end of the track (6 kms from the Holiday Park).
Mountain Shuttle - (door to door shuttle from Turangi, Tokaanu, Whakapapa & Ketetahi) - P: 0800 11 76 86 freephone 
Matai Shuttles Transport - 61 Clyde St, Ohakune - P: 06 385 8724 - E: mataishuttles@xtra.co.nz 
 
Accommodation (Owhango)
Canoe Adventures (the old Owhango Hotel) - P: 0800 2 CANOE/07 8954854 - E: info@owhangoadventures.co.nz - full range of options including family, double, single rooms, dorm rooms and camping.
Forest Lodge - Omaki Rd, Owhango - P: 07 8954854 - E: reception@forest-lodge.co.nz - backpacker accommodation
 
Accommodation(end of route)
Tongariro Family Holiday Park - State Highway 47, Tongariro - P: 07 386 8062 - Camping, cabins and units.
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Taumarunui
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities on 42 Traverse
  • Shop in Owhango
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities