10.5 miles
3,289 ft
-1,820 ft
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Kaiwhakauka Track Details

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    T3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
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    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #131503 in Mountain Biking
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    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
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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.

Whakahoro Campsite
Whakahoro Campsite
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
Bookings required
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.

Access Info

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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More Stats for Kaiwhakauka Track mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,468 ft
  • Altitude min
    400 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,879 ft
  • Altitude start
    407 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,877 ft
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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      Kaiwhakauka Track Trail Reports

      Nov 28, 2020 @ 9:47pm
      Nov 28, 2020
      Track is open. Expect to see track works teams on this stretch upgrading the area this Summer.
      Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:49am
      Oct 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 @ 11:24pm
      Oct 17, 2018
      DoC has reopened trail but still heavy damage from slips.
      Mar 31, 2018 @ 7:48pm
      Mar 31, 2018
      Closed by DOC due to slip
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