Waikato / King Country

Waikato / King Country

Te Kuiti to Pureora - OPEN

Note: Closed for lambing every year 1 August-end October
Northern Start
Rora St, Te Kuiti
Southern End
Pureora Forest Park, Barryville Rd
Distance
56km
Time
2 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - take care on roads
  • Farming operations
  • Forestry operations can mean occasional closures
  • Avoid when river is in flood
Description
(North to South)

Mangaokewa Reserve Track - 3km / 1hr

Potential hazards; Vehicles; Avoid this track when the river is in flood.

From the shearing statue, continue south along Waitete Rd for just over 1km, then turn left onto West Ahuroa Ford, taking a lot of care as it passes through operational areas with heavy vehicles, head alongside a wire mesh fence then turn right down by the river (without crossing the river).

Follow the Mangaokewa River along, heading upstream.  The track skirts the Waitete Sawmill, and McDonald’s Limeworks (with a kiln producing burnt lime for roadworks, as well as lime ground for its many other uses from toothpaste to topdressing). You also pass an old cement works, then cross over the river on a vehicle bridge.

Once across the river, the track follows a disused quarry road to an abandoned lime quarry site, with pipeline and wooden towers remnants (limeworks and lime quarrying has been a traditional Te Kuiti industry).  The track ascends beyond the quarry to an elevation of 100m, with good views back across Te Kuiti and up the valley ahead. (Te Kuiti High School students built the picnic table at this view point, and also, as you descend from here, the footbridges across small creeks).

The track enters bush for the last kilometre, passing one pretty waterfall en route, then crosses the stream on a suspension bridge to reach Mangaokewa Reserve.  

Mangaokewa River Track - 15km / 5-6hr

In the Mangaokewa Reserve, this track follows the Mangaokewa River throughout. 

From the North end, be aware that other tracks lead away on both sides of the river so cross the swing bridge to the true left of the river - i.e. the Waiteti Viaduct carpark side of the river - and continue walking from the southern end of the carpark.

The first 2.5km of bush is groomed and nearly predator free thanks to the Mangaokewa Reserve Trust, which has also released native birds in there. You’ll pass a huge kahikatea, and through the riverside bush may glimpse stalactites encrusting the far edge of the limestone gorge. The trail then crosses a fence we put in to keep sheep out of the reserve and breaks into farmland.

Just beyond here you’ll see one of the best sights of the walk - primeval forest on the far side of the river - the unfarmed side. The track stays on farmland, passes an abandoned dunny, glissades through totara groves and has some great picnic spots on the way through. There are one or two steep slopes you sidle across so take care across those, particularly when wet underfoot. It enters the shade of pine and eucalypt forest near the southern end, then follows a farm track that takes you through to Mangaokewa North Road (note: there'll be a gate on a grass median track which evolves into a road).

Note: If wanting to be picked up here, you'll need to have pre-organised transport out - it's a long way from anywhere and there's zilch traffic.

Continue SE on Mangaokewa Rd and follow it in an easterly direction for approx. 8.5km where it'll turn northwards for 2km, then turn easterly again (at the intersection with Waipa Valley Rd on the west side). Keep following it (it starts to turn south) for another 12km to meet up with SH30. Turn left/east onto SH30 and walk for 8km. Turn off the highway onto Maraeroa Rd on the south side. After 1.5km, take the road leading east/north/east for another 2km until reaching DOC's Pureora Forest Park Headquarters.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Mangaokewa Reserve Track

Mangaokewa Reserve is a pleasant place for picnics, overnight camping, bush walks, swimming and other passive recreational activities. Public toilets are available within the picnic area.

Mangaokewa North camping

Some excellent local landowners (Sam and Laura) have established a campsite where the route passes through their property, approximately 200m N of the Mangaokewa North road-end. There is space for camping, a picnic table, toilet, water supply and basic shelter. There is a $5pp charge which will help with their upkeep, paybale into an honesty box there so please carry some cash from Te Kuiti (or from Taumarunui for NOBOs).

Pureora

General information
DOC Pureora Base198 Barryville Road, Pureora (off State Highway 30. It is 20 kms east of Bennydale) P: 07 878 1080 
 
Accommodation
DOC's accommodation options include: Ngaherenga campsite & the Pureora Cabins (self-contained) in the beautiful surroundings of Pureora Forest Park (which lies between Te Kuiti, Taumaranui and Lake Taupo and is easily accessed by SH 30 and SH 32). 
 
Resupply
Note: There is no retail shop or petrol station at Pureora.

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • Forestry operations - Track may be closed occasionally
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • No fires
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Te Kuiti
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Carpark at Waiteti Viaduct
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
  • Roadside parking only
Closest Town(s)
Te Kuiti
Managed by
Te Araroa Waikato & Waitomo District Council
Contact
Te Araroa Waikato
Thanks to
The local farmers and Global Forest Partners for allowing this trail through. Thanks also to trail workers Bill Griffiths, Michael Dinnan and Adam Turner, also construction boss Noel Sandford.
Northern Start
Rora St, Te Kuiti
Southern End
Pureora Forest Park, Barryville Rd
Distance
56km
Time
2 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Mangaokewa Reserve Track - 3km / 1hr

Potential hazards; Vehicles; Avoid this track when the river is in flood.

From the shearing statue, continue south along Waitete Rd for just over 1km, then turn left onto West Ahuroa Ford, taking a lot of care as it passes through operational areas with heavy vehicles, head alongside a wire mesh fence then turn right down by the river (without crossing the river).

Follow the Mangaokewa River along, heading upstream.  The track skirts the Waitete Sawmill, and McDonald’s Limeworks (with a kiln producing burnt lime for roadworks, as well as lime ground for its many other uses from toothpaste to topdressing). You also pass an old cement works, then cross over the river on a vehicle bridge.

Once across the river, the track follows a disused quarry road to an abandoned lime quarry site, with pipeline and wooden towers remnants (limeworks and lime quarrying has been a traditional Te Kuiti industry).  The track ascends beyond the quarry to an elevation of 100m, with good views back across Te Kuiti and up the valley ahead. (Te Kuiti High School students built the picnic table at this view point, and also, as you descend from here, the footbridges across small creeks).

The track enters bush for the last kilometre, passing one pretty waterfall en route, then crosses the stream on a suspension bridge to reach Mangaokewa Reserve.  

Mangaokewa River Track - 15km / 5-6hr

In the Mangaokewa Reserve, this track follows the Mangaokewa River throughout. 

From the North end, be aware that other tracks lead away on both sides of the river so cross the swing bridge to the true left of the river - i.e. the Waiteti Viaduct carpark side of the river - and continue walking from the southern end of the carpark.

The first 2.5km of bush is groomed and nearly predator free thanks to the Mangaokewa Reserve Trust, which has also released native birds in there. You’ll pass a huge kahikatea, and through the riverside bush may glimpse stalactites encrusting the far edge of the limestone gorge. The trail then crosses a fence we put in to keep sheep out of the reserve and breaks into farmland.

Just beyond here you’ll see one of the best sights of the walk - primeval forest on the far side of the river - the unfarmed side. The track stays on farmland, passes an abandoned dunny, glissades through totara groves and has some great picnic spots on the way through. There are one or two steep slopes you sidle across so take care across those, particularly when wet underfoot. It enters the shade of pine and eucalypt forest near the southern end, then follows a farm track that takes you through to Mangaokewa North Road (note: there'll be a gate on a grass median track which evolves into a road).

Note: If wanting to be picked up here, you'll need to have pre-organised transport out - it's a long way from anywhere and there's zilch traffic.

Continue SE on Mangaokewa Rd and follow it in an easterly direction for approx. 8.5km where it'll turn northwards for 2km, then turn easterly again (at the intersection with Waipa Valley Rd on the west side). Keep following it (it starts to turn south) for another 12km to meet up with SH30. Turn left/east onto SH30 and walk for 8km. Turn off the highway onto Maraeroa Rd on the south side. After 1.5km, take the road leading east/north/east for another 2km until reaching DOC's Pureora Forest Park Headquarters.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - take care on roads
  • Farming operations
  • Forestry operations can mean occasional closures
  • Avoid when river is in flood
Description
(North to South)

Mangaokewa Reserve Track - 3km / 1hr

Potential hazards; Vehicles; Avoid this track when the river is in flood.

From the shearing statue, continue south along Waitete Rd for just over 1km, then turn left onto West Ahuroa Ford, taking a lot of care as it passes through operational areas with heavy vehicles, head alongside a wire mesh fence then turn right down by the river (without crossing the river).

Follow the Mangaokewa River along, heading upstream.  The track skirts the Waitete Sawmill, and McDonald’s Limeworks (with a kiln producing burnt lime for roadworks, as well as lime ground for its many other uses from toothpaste to topdressing). You also pass an old cement works, then cross over the river on a vehicle bridge.

Once across the river, the track follows a disused quarry road to an abandoned lime quarry site, with pipeline and wooden towers remnants (limeworks and lime quarrying has been a traditional Te Kuiti industry).  The track ascends beyond the quarry to an elevation of 100m, with good views back across Te Kuiti and up the valley ahead. (Te Kuiti High School students built the picnic table at this view point, and also, as you descend from here, the footbridges across small creeks).

The track enters bush for the last kilometre, passing one pretty waterfall en route, then crosses the stream on a suspension bridge to reach Mangaokewa Reserve.  

Mangaokewa River Track - 15km / 5-6hr

In the Mangaokewa Reserve, this track follows the Mangaokewa River throughout. 

From the North end, be aware that other tracks lead away on both sides of the river so cross the swing bridge to the true left of the river - i.e. the Waiteti Viaduct carpark side of the river - and continue walking from the southern end of the carpark.

The first 2.5km of bush is groomed and nearly predator free thanks to the Mangaokewa Reserve Trust, which has also released native birds in there. You’ll pass a huge kahikatea, and through the riverside bush may glimpse stalactites encrusting the far edge of the limestone gorge. The trail then crosses a fence we put in to keep sheep out of the reserve and breaks into farmland.

Just beyond here you’ll see one of the best sights of the walk - primeval forest on the far side of the river - the unfarmed side. The track stays on farmland, passes an abandoned dunny, glissades through totara groves and has some great picnic spots on the way through. There are one or two steep slopes you sidle across so take care across those, particularly when wet underfoot. It enters the shade of pine and eucalypt forest near the southern end, then follows a farm track that takes you through to Mangaokewa North Road (note: there'll be a gate on a grass median track which evolves into a road).

Note: If wanting to be picked up here, you'll need to have pre-organised transport out - it's a long way from anywhere and there's zilch traffic.

Continue SE on Mangaokewa Rd and follow it in an easterly direction for approx. 8.5km where it'll turn northwards for 2km, then turn easterly again (at the intersection with Waipa Valley Rd on the west side). Keep following it (it starts to turn south) for another 12km to meet up with SH30. Turn left/east onto SH30 and walk for 8km. Turn off the highway onto Maraeroa Rd on the south side. After 1.5km, take the road leading east/north/east for another 2km until reaching DOC's Pureora Forest Park Headquarters.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Mangaokewa Reserve Track

Mangaokewa Reserve is a pleasant place for picnics, overnight camping, bush walks, swimming and other passive recreational activities. Public toilets are available within the picnic area.

Mangaokewa North camping

Some excellent local landowners (Sam and Laura) have established a campsite where the route passes through their property, approximately 200m N of the Mangaokewa North road-end. There is space for camping, a picnic table, toilet, water supply and basic shelter. There is a $5pp charge which will help with their upkeep, paybale into an honesty box there so please carry some cash from Te Kuiti (or from Taumarunui for NOBOs).

Pureora

General information
DOC Pureora Base198 Barryville Road, Pureora (off State Highway 30. It is 20 kms east of Bennydale) P: 07 878 1080 
 
Accommodation
DOC's accommodation options include: Ngaherenga campsite & the Pureora Cabins (self-contained) in the beautiful surroundings of Pureora Forest Park (which lies between Te Kuiti, Taumaranui and Lake Taupo and is easily accessed by SH 30 and SH 32). 
 
Resupply
Note: There is no retail shop or petrol station at Pureora.

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • Forestry operations - Track may be closed occasionally
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • No fires
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Te Kuiti
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Carpark at Waiteti Viaduct
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
  • Roadside parking only
Closest Town(s)
Te Kuiti
Managed by
Te Araroa Waikato & Waitomo District Council
Contact
Te Araroa Waikato
Thanks to
The local farmers and Global Forest Partners for allowing this trail through. Thanks also to trail workers Bill Griffiths, Michael Dinnan and Adam Turner, also construction boss Noel Sandford.