Yeoman's Track Details
This is a gentle low level forest walking track following an old route where logs were once hauled to Yeoman’s Mill. The mill started in 1926 and ran for 30 years. It handled over 50 million feet of podocarp logs and at the height of its production employed 18 staff. The track gives an interesting insight into forest regeneration since logging ceased in the 1960’s.
The restored historic Ellis Hut is at the northern end of the track. It was constructed in 1884 and is the oldest surviving hut in the park. It is also known as Murderer’s Hut after it was used as a refuge by accused murderer, Jack Ellis, for nine months in 1904. A round trip can be made along Ellis and Wakarara Roads back to the road end at Makaroro River.
Yeoman's Track is an easy grade. Allow at least 45 mins to reach Ellis Hut and 30 minutes to return to the carpark. The 17 km loop takes 2 - 3 hours.
Wakarara Road is approximately 86 km from Napier. Follow State Highway 50 for 66 km and turn right into Wakarara Road (Sunrise Track signpost). Yeoman's Track can be accessed from the road end. You will need to cross the Makaroro River first. Expect wet feet.
Local Trail AssociationWaipa Mountain Bike Club (www.waipamtb.org.nz)
More Stats for Yeoman's Track mountain bike trail
Altitude change-351 ft
Altitude min1,414 ft
Altitude start1,764 ft
Altitude end1,414 ft
Distance climb1.7 miles
Distance down2.7 miles
Distance flat3,466 ft
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