Kaiwhakauka Track Details
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Hiking SAC ScaleT3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
eBike AllowedYes up to Class 1
Global Ranking#131503 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity50 in Mountain Biking [+]
- 50 in E-Biking
- 50 in Trail Running
- 50 in Hiking
Whakahoro to Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka Track junction
Whakahoro to Whanganui National Park Boundary
Time: 2 hr walking, 1 hr cycling
Distance: 5.5 km
Follow the Kaiwhakauka Track along a farm road through Rētaruke Station (private land), following the true right of the Kaiwhakauka Stream to the large stock and pedestrian bridge.
Off to the right is the original depot where deliveries from riverboats were stored for the settlers. The track leads up the valley through a mixture of regenerating bush and farmland to the Whanganui National Park boundary. Care should be taken to leave gates as found and not to disturb stock.
Category: Great Walk
Facilities: 36 non-powered / tent sites, boat launching, non-powered/tent sites, shelter for cooking, toilets - non-flush, water from tap - not treated, boil before use, wheelchair accessible with assistance
Whanganui National Park boundary to Mosley’s
Time:1 hr 30 min walking,45 min cycling
Distance: 4.4 km
Walking from the park boundary you come to the old Mosley homestead site near the Waione Stream. The open clearing here lends itself well to camping. A shelter with water and a toilet is located here.
Mosley’s to Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka junction
Time: 2 hr 30 min walking, 1 hr 15 min cycling
Distance: 5.7 km
The track continues towards Cootes’ homestead (private land), crossing many small bridged side streams with only a few small open flats. The old Tobin homestead, which is marked by an old chimney stack, can be seen on the right of the track.
From here the steep climb to the junction passes through relatively undisturbed mixed tawa/podocarp forest for about 3.2 km to reach the junction of the old Kaiwhakauka and Mangapurua roads.
Ruatītī Road end to Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka junction
Time: 4 hr 30 min walking, 2 hr cycling
Distance: 10.8 km
Accessed from Ruatītī Road, the track climbs gently from the gate at the road end through private farmland, regenerating scrub and pockets of native bush. As you climb into hill country there are stunning views of the Tongariro National Park to the east.
A carved tōtara pou has been erected at the track junction to symbolise the ngahere (forest) and provide spiritual and cultural safety for visitors. The pou also pays tribute to the settlers of the Mangapurua and Kaiwhakauka Valleys.
Source: Department Of Conservation
This old tramping track has been upgraded as part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project, and now provides a stunning alternative route to the Bridge to Nowhere ride.
Consists of 50% old 4WD tracks and 50% single track after you pass into the Whanganui National Park.
Start from Whakahoro, either 52km's from National Park, or 65km's from Taumaranui and mostly downhill and well signposted if cycling. Alternatively, drive down Oio Rd from State Highway 4, 2km's south of Owhango.
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Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Kaiwhakauka Track mountain bike trail trail
Altitude change1,468 ft
Altitude min400 ft
Altitude max1,879 ft
Altitude start407 ft
Altitude end1,877 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat1 mile
Avg reverse time01:39:47
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Kaiwhakauka Track Trail Reports
Nov 28, 2020 @ 9:47pmNov 28, 2020
|Track is open. Expect to see track works teams on this stretch upgrading the area this Summer.|
Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:49amOct 26, 2018
|track has been fixed. some road work being done on the first few km of the 4x4 track frkm the Whakahoro side|
Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:24pmOct 17, 2018
|DoC has reopened trail but still heavy damage from slips.|
Mar 31, 2018 @ 7:48pmMar 31, 2018
|Closed by DOC due to slip|
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