5 miles
856 ft
-1,207 ft
1,966 ft
High Point

Yeoman's Track Details

  • Riding area
    Hawke's Bay
    My City
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  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Land Manager

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.

Access Info

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 - may be impassable after heavy rain.

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More Stats for Yeoman's Track mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -351 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,414 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,764 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,414 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,466 ft
  • Avg reverse time
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Yeoman's Track Trail Reports

Dec 7, 2017 @ 2:11pm
Dec 7, 2017
27 September 2016: Landowner permission required to access Wakarara Roadend tracks You must phone the landowner prior to your trip to request...
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