Whanganui

Whanganui

National Park to Whanganui River - OPEN

Northern Start
Railway Station, Station Rd, National Park
Southern End
Mangapurua Landing, Whanganui River
Distance
89km
Time
4 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - bikes in particular.
  • Poisons & traps
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources between National Park and Whakahoro
Description
(North to South)

From National Park Railway Station, head north up Ward St for 430m, then west onto Carroll St and over the railway tracks at the crossing.

Fisher Track - 15km / 5-6hr

Turn right onto Fisher Road. Walk about 30min down Fisher Road until passing the turnoff to the Tupapakurua Falls Track (left side of road and an optional, easy 20min diversion to the Taranaki Lookout ).

Continue on Fisher Track westward and largely downhill dropping from 800 to 400 metres. It eventually joins Kurua Rd for 3½km (a metalled road in deer farming country) which runs alongside Tupapakurua Stream for a while until reaching Retaruke Rd.

Note: It is a mix of well-formed track, rough tramping track & metalled road

Kurua Rd to Whakahoro- 37km / 8-9hr
From the junction of Kurua and Retaruke Rds, walk north on Upper Retaruke Rd for 12km. At the intersection with Oio Rd there is a toilet available, turn left (west) onto Oio Rd and follow it for the next 24.5km (largely alongside the Retaruke River) to Whakahoro, on the banks of the Whanganui River. This can be long and hot in summer, with little or no water sources. Plan ahead and carry plenty of water.

Entering the Whanganui River at Whakahoro is an option - cheaper than having a kayak/canoe delivered to Mangapurua Landing - discuss with canoe/kayak hire operators.

Mangapurua-Kaiwhakauka Track (from Whakahoro to the Mangapurua Landing) - 40km / 20hr
(i.e. 8 hours from Whakahoro to the Mangapurua Trig; 12 hours from the Trig to Mangapurua Landing).
A combined walking/cycleway, this track follows former roadlines and makes for easy walking. It leads up the Kaiwhakauka Valley to the Mangapurua Trig. There we join the Mangapurua Track - which descends through the Mangapurua Valley to meet the Whanganui River at the Mangapurua Landing.

From Whakahoro the track follows the disused road along the true left bank of the Whanganui River for 1km, before turning sharply into the Kaiwhakauka Valley.  The track follows along and crosses the Kaiwhakauka Stream over an old wooden bridge.  It continues along the true left bank of the stream up to the head of the Kaiwhakauka Valley.  Care should be taken not to disturb stock and gates should be left as found when crossing farmland.

On reaching the junction of the old Kaiwhakauka, Mangapurua and Ruatiti/Ohura Roads, keep to the right to drop down into the Mangapurua.  A side track leads to the Mangapurua Trig, the highest point in the area.  On a fine day, there are sweeping views of Tongariro National Park to the east and Mt Taranaki / Egmont to the west.  

From here the track winds steadily down into the valley where the track meets and stays on the true left bank of the Mangapurua Stream.  Continuing along the old roadline the track crosses numerous side streams and the valley progressively closes in (often the track is hewn into almost sheer papa bluffs which are slippery when wet. Care should be taken in negotiating these sections and beware of falling rocks).

 Warning re track condition:

  • During the winter this track can be subject to wet and muddy conditions.
  • Slips may be present in lower sections of the track.
  • Please contact the DOC Whanganui Area Office with any inquiries: Phone: (06) 349 2100

At the lower end of the valley the track crosses to the true right bank of the stream over the historic "Bridge to Nowhere”.  This is a large concrete bridge built in 1936, but is now standing abandoned in the bush in the middle of “Nowhere”.

This last section of the track is formed to walking track standard and is often used by river travellers to visit the Bridge to Nowhere. 
Beyond the bridge, it’s another 40mins as the track follows the true right bank of the Mangapurua Stream and then leads along the true left bank of the Whanganui River to reach the Mangapurua Landing.  

Note: Mangapurua Landing is a dead end for walkers
River transport is the only option for those travelling south from Mangapurua Landing. You must pre-book this so jetboats can deliver kayaks or canoes to Mangapurua Landing for you.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Transport to Trailheads

There are no facilities of any type at the Kurua-Retaruke Rd end of this track. Trampers need to be totally independent and make their own pre-arrangements for food, shelter or pick-ups.

Access Points:

  • Whakahoro can be reached by road from SH4, turning off at either Owhango or Raurimu. 
  • Alternatively, access to the Mangapurua Trig may be gained by walking in from Ruatiti Road. Track start is on the western side (approximately 15km from the southern start of the road), off Raetihi-Ohura Rd, off SH4, north of Raetihi.
River Travel
Should you wish to travel from Whakahoro to Mangapurua Landing by the river, you must pre-book so jetboats can pick you up or deliver kayaks to you. 
 
General information
For local information and a list of suppliers, contact -
Whanganui i-Site, 31 Taupo Quay, Wanganui -  P: +6 349-0508 - E: info@whanganui.govt.nz

The distances and campsite options when travelling by river are:

  • Whakahoro to Mangapapa campsite - 11 kilometres
  • Mangapapa to Ohauora campsite - 16 kilometres
  • Ohauora to John Coull Hut - 10.5 kilometres
  • John Coull Hut to Mangawaiiti campsite - 9.5 kilometres
  • Mangawaiiti to Mangapurua campsite - 9 kilometres

DOC Great Walk Facilities 
Tickets must be purchased before departure via www.doc.govt.nz or DOC offices.

Accommodation en route
DOC's Whakahoro Bunkroom & campsite - 10 bunks - Basic category, mattresses, lighting but no heating or gas. Water, toilet, shelter for cooking & picnic table. Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BJ32, E1765226, N5655601.
DOC's Mangapurua Landing campsite - 10 tent sites - Great walk category, water, toilet, shelter for cooking & picnic table. Topo50 Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1769629 - N5650103
Note: DOC's Whanganui journey, hut and camp passes can be ordered by phone, fax, email, post or in person from DOC Visitor and Information centres nationwide. - www.doc.govt.nz - Tongariro Whanganui Conservancy Office - P: 07 384 7106
Basic camp sites - open grassy flats ideal for camping - some pit toilets and stream water:
  • Mangapurua Trig Campsite
  • Johnsons Campsite
  • Bettjeman's Campsite
Getting away
Pre-booked rover transport is the only option.
To kayak from Whakahoro to Mangapurua Landing (or beyond), pre book so jetboats can pick you up or deliver kayaks to you.
Whanganui River Canoes - P: 0800 40 88 88 or 06 385 4176                                           
Wades Landing - P: 07 895 4854 - E: info@wadeslanding.co.nz
Taumaranui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours - P: 0800 226 6348 or 07 895 7483 
Yeti Tours - P: 06 385 8197 or 0800 322 388 - E: yeti.tours@xtra.co.nz                                                 

 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Toilets
  • Shop - cafe & pub
  • Phone
  • Accommodation - range of motel, lodge or backpackers.
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
  • Important: there are currently no facilities of any type beyond National Park. Trampers need to be totally independent and make their own pre-arrangements for food, shelter or pick ups.
Closest Town(s)
National Park & Taumarunui
Managed by
DOC Wanganui Tel: +6 345-2402
Northern Start
Railway Station, Station Rd, National Park
Southern End
Mangapurua Landing, Whanganui River
Distance
89km
Time
4 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

From National Park Railway Station, head north up Ward St for 430m, then west onto Carroll St and over the railway tracks at the crossing.

Fisher Track - 15km / 5-6hr

Turn right onto Fisher Road. Walk about 30min down Fisher Road until passing the turnoff to the Tupapakurua Falls Track (left side of road and an optional, easy 20min diversion to the Taranaki Lookout ).

Continue on Fisher Track westward and largely downhill dropping from 800 to 400 metres. It eventually joins Kurua Rd for 3½km (a metalled road in deer farming country) which runs alongside Tupapakurua Stream for a while until reaching Retaruke Rd.

Note: It is a mix of well-formed track, rough tramping track & metalled road

Kurua Rd to Whakahoro- 37km / 8-9hr
From the junction of Kurua and Retaruke Rds, walk north on Upper Retaruke Rd for 12km. At the intersection with Oio Rd there is a toilet available, turn left (west) onto Oio Rd and follow it for the next 24.5km (largely alongside the Retaruke River) to Whakahoro, on the banks of the Whanganui River. This can be long and hot in summer, with little or no water sources. Plan ahead and carry plenty of water.

Entering the Whanganui River at Whakahoro is an option - cheaper than having a kayak/canoe delivered to Mangapurua Landing - discuss with canoe/kayak hire operators.

Mangapurua-Kaiwhakauka Track (from Whakahoro to the Mangapurua Landing) - 40km / 20hr
(i.e. 8 hours from Whakahoro to the Mangapurua Trig; 12 hours from the Trig to Mangapurua Landing).
A combined walking/cycleway, this track follows former roadlines and makes for easy walking. It leads up the Kaiwhakauka Valley to the Mangapurua Trig. There we join the Mangapurua Track - which descends through the Mangapurua Valley to meet the Whanganui River at the Mangapurua Landing.

From Whakahoro the track follows the disused road along the true left bank of the Whanganui River for 1km, before turning sharply into the Kaiwhakauka Valley.  The track follows along and crosses the Kaiwhakauka Stream over an old wooden bridge.  It continues along the true left bank of the stream up to the head of the Kaiwhakauka Valley.  Care should be taken not to disturb stock and gates should be left as found when crossing farmland.

On reaching the junction of the old Kaiwhakauka, Mangapurua and Ruatiti/Ohura Roads, keep to the right to drop down into the Mangapurua.  A side track leads to the Mangapurua Trig, the highest point in the area.  On a fine day, there are sweeping views of Tongariro National Park to the east and Mt Taranaki / Egmont to the west.  

From here the track winds steadily down into the valley where the track meets and stays on the true left bank of the Mangapurua Stream.  Continuing along the old roadline the track crosses numerous side streams and the valley progressively closes in (often the track is hewn into almost sheer papa bluffs which are slippery when wet. Care should be taken in negotiating these sections and beware of falling rocks).

 Warning re track condition:

  • During the winter this track can be subject to wet and muddy conditions.
  • Slips may be present in lower sections of the track.
  • Please contact the DOC Whanganui Area Office with any inquiries: Phone: (06) 349 2100

At the lower end of the valley the track crosses to the true right bank of the stream over the historic "Bridge to Nowhere”.  This is a large concrete bridge built in 1936, but is now standing abandoned in the bush in the middle of “Nowhere”.

This last section of the track is formed to walking track standard and is often used by river travellers to visit the Bridge to Nowhere. 
Beyond the bridge, it’s another 40mins as the track follows the true right bank of the Mangapurua Stream and then leads along the true left bank of the Whanganui River to reach the Mangapurua Landing.  

Note: Mangapurua Landing is a dead end for walkers
River transport is the only option for those travelling south from Mangapurua Landing. You must pre-book this so jetboats can deliver kayaks or canoes to Mangapurua Landing for you.
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track - bikes in particular.
  • Poisons & traps
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources between National Park and Whakahoro
Description
(North to South)

From National Park Railway Station, head north up Ward St for 430m, then west onto Carroll St and over the railway tracks at the crossing.

Fisher Track - 15km / 5-6hr

Turn right onto Fisher Road. Walk about 30min down Fisher Road until passing the turnoff to the Tupapakurua Falls Track (left side of road and an optional, easy 20min diversion to the Taranaki Lookout ).

Continue on Fisher Track westward and largely downhill dropping from 800 to 400 metres. It eventually joins Kurua Rd for 3½km (a metalled road in deer farming country) which runs alongside Tupapakurua Stream for a while until reaching Retaruke Rd.

Note: It is a mix of well-formed track, rough tramping track & metalled road

Kurua Rd to Whakahoro- 37km / 8-9hr
From the junction of Kurua and Retaruke Rds, walk north on Upper Retaruke Rd for 12km. At the intersection with Oio Rd there is a toilet available, turn left (west) onto Oio Rd and follow it for the next 24.5km (largely alongside the Retaruke River) to Whakahoro, on the banks of the Whanganui River. This can be long and hot in summer, with little or no water sources. Plan ahead and carry plenty of water.

Entering the Whanganui River at Whakahoro is an option - cheaper than having a kayak/canoe delivered to Mangapurua Landing - discuss with canoe/kayak hire operators.

Mangapurua-Kaiwhakauka Track (from Whakahoro to the Mangapurua Landing) - 40km / 20hr
(i.e. 8 hours from Whakahoro to the Mangapurua Trig; 12 hours from the Trig to Mangapurua Landing).
A combined walking/cycleway, this track follows former roadlines and makes for easy walking. It leads up the Kaiwhakauka Valley to the Mangapurua Trig. There we join the Mangapurua Track - which descends through the Mangapurua Valley to meet the Whanganui River at the Mangapurua Landing.

From Whakahoro the track follows the disused road along the true left bank of the Whanganui River for 1km, before turning sharply into the Kaiwhakauka Valley.  The track follows along and crosses the Kaiwhakauka Stream over an old wooden bridge.  It continues along the true left bank of the stream up to the head of the Kaiwhakauka Valley.  Care should be taken not to disturb stock and gates should be left as found when crossing farmland.

On reaching the junction of the old Kaiwhakauka, Mangapurua and Ruatiti/Ohura Roads, keep to the right to drop down into the Mangapurua.  A side track leads to the Mangapurua Trig, the highest point in the area.  On a fine day, there are sweeping views of Tongariro National Park to the east and Mt Taranaki / Egmont to the west.  

From here the track winds steadily down into the valley where the track meets and stays on the true left bank of the Mangapurua Stream.  Continuing along the old roadline the track crosses numerous side streams and the valley progressively closes in (often the track is hewn into almost sheer papa bluffs which are slippery when wet. Care should be taken in negotiating these sections and beware of falling rocks).

 Warning re track condition:

  • During the winter this track can be subject to wet and muddy conditions.
  • Slips may be present in lower sections of the track.
  • Please contact the DOC Whanganui Area Office with any inquiries: Phone: (06) 349 2100

At the lower end of the valley the track crosses to the true right bank of the stream over the historic "Bridge to Nowhere”.  This is a large concrete bridge built in 1936, but is now standing abandoned in the bush in the middle of “Nowhere”.

This last section of the track is formed to walking track standard and is often used by river travellers to visit the Bridge to Nowhere. 
Beyond the bridge, it’s another 40mins as the track follows the true right bank of the Mangapurua Stream and then leads along the true left bank of the Whanganui River to reach the Mangapurua Landing.  

Note: Mangapurua Landing is a dead end for walkers
River transport is the only option for those travelling south from Mangapurua Landing. You must pre-book this so jetboats can deliver kayaks or canoes to Mangapurua Landing for you.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Transport to Trailheads

There are no facilities of any type at the Kurua-Retaruke Rd end of this track. Trampers need to be totally independent and make their own pre-arrangements for food, shelter or pick-ups.

Access Points:

  • Whakahoro can be reached by road from SH4, turning off at either Owhango or Raurimu. 
  • Alternatively, access to the Mangapurua Trig may be gained by walking in from Ruatiti Road. Track start is on the western side (approximately 15km from the southern start of the road), off Raetihi-Ohura Rd, off SH4, north of Raetihi.
River Travel
Should you wish to travel from Whakahoro to Mangapurua Landing by the river, you must pre-book so jetboats can pick you up or deliver kayaks to you. 
 
General information
For local information and a list of suppliers, contact -
Whanganui i-Site, 31 Taupo Quay, Wanganui -  P: +6 349-0508 - E: info@whanganui.govt.nz

The distances and campsite options when travelling by river are:

  • Whakahoro to Mangapapa campsite - 11 kilometres
  • Mangapapa to Ohauora campsite - 16 kilometres
  • Ohauora to John Coull Hut - 10.5 kilometres
  • John Coull Hut to Mangawaiiti campsite - 9.5 kilometres
  • Mangawaiiti to Mangapurua campsite - 9 kilometres

DOC Great Walk Facilities 
Tickets must be purchased before departure via www.doc.govt.nz or DOC offices.

Accommodation en route
DOC's Whakahoro Bunkroom & campsite - 10 bunks - Basic category, mattresses, lighting but no heating or gas. Water, toilet, shelter for cooking & picnic table. Grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BJ32, E1765226, N5655601.
DOC's Mangapurua Landing campsite - 10 tent sites - Great walk category, water, toilet, shelter for cooking & picnic table. Topo50 Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1769629 - N5650103
Note: DOC's Whanganui journey, hut and camp passes can be ordered by phone, fax, email, post or in person from DOC Visitor and Information centres nationwide. - www.doc.govt.nz - Tongariro Whanganui Conservancy Office - P: 07 384 7106
Basic camp sites - open grassy flats ideal for camping - some pit toilets and stream water:
  • Mangapurua Trig Campsite
  • Johnsons Campsite
  • Bettjeman's Campsite
Getting away
Pre-booked rover transport is the only option.
To kayak from Whakahoro to Mangapurua Landing (or beyond), pre book so jetboats can pick you up or deliver kayaks to you.
Whanganui River Canoes - P: 0800 40 88 88 or 06 385 4176                                           
Wades Landing - P: 07 895 4854 - E: info@wadeslanding.co.nz
Taumaranui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours - P: 0800 226 6348 or 07 895 7483 
Yeti Tours - P: 06 385 8197 or 0800 322 388 - E: yeti.tours@xtra.co.nz                                                 

 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Toilets
  • Shop - cafe & pub
  • Phone
  • Accommodation - range of motel, lodge or backpackers.
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
  • Important: there are currently no facilities of any type beyond National Park. Trampers need to be totally independent and make their own pre-arrangements for food, shelter or pick ups.
Closest Town(s)
National Park & Taumarunui
Managed by
DOC Wanganui Tel: +6 345-2402