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Te Rereatukaiha Hut Loop Walk

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Te Rereatukaiha Hut is in the Kaimai Range and on the main North South track. You can walk the complete loop walk in a day. Driving time to the start of the track will take you approximately 40 minutes from downtown Tauranga.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 13 km
        • Time needed: 5 Hours at a good pace, no stops
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 630m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    When you get a clear fine day you can see Tauranga to the South
    And this walk is only a short 27 Km drive from Tauranga

  • Track Quality

    The Tuahu Track is an old six foot track there is a couple of clay patches and the odd slip to cross.
    25 minutes into the walk you will have to cross the Te Rereatukahia Stream.
    On a good day you can rock hop across with out getting your feet wet

  • Hazards

    The first and last river crossing can be dangerous after or during heavy rain.
    It can be very cold and windy on the top of the main ridge

  • Transport


  • Water

    Plenty of fresh water from the side creeks
    Toilets at the carpark and Te Rereatukaiha Hut

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The small town of katikati is 8 Km to the North

  • Area & Track History

    Around 1890 Tuahu Track was a old Maori bridle track running from the Bay of Plenty up and over the Kaimai Rangers to the mighty Waikato.
    The Kaimai Rangers has an area of 37,000 ha of native bush and not forgetting the huge kauri trees.
    As for the bird life you might see a few Fantail, Robin, Tom Tit, Pigeon or Tui.
    The mighty Kauri tree you walk past on your way to the top is also known as Tuahu.
    There are story’s of families who would ride over the Tuahu Track from Te Aroha just to ride in the events in the Katikati AMP show.they were the Duncans, Halls and Thompsons.
    They arrived on Friday afternoon, Ride all day in the AMp show on Saturday, then dance the night away after the trophies were presented, no doubt they downed a few bottles of home brew as well and then ride home Sunday afternoon with a splitting head

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Te Rereatukaiha Hut Loop Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: TUAHU Walkway

Have a look at the start of the TUAHU Walkway Track
TUAHU Walkway is a 5.5km drive to the end of Hot Springs Road, and a total of 8km south of Katikati. There is plenty of room to park the car.

Point 2: The North South Track

Have a look at Tuahu Track
You should reach the North south Track in around 1 Hour 50 Minutes.
If you can get across the Rereatukahia Stream

Point 3: Te Rereatukaiha Hut

Now the fun starts.
When you meet up with the north south track turn to the left. from here on there will be a few small up and downs and the bush starts to close in.
10 minutes in to the walk you will come across two clearings, give the first one a miss and walk on to the second clearing.
This is a good spot to stop for a break and enjoy the view of the might Waikato to the West and Te Aroha to the North,
The clearing are all that is left of the early days of farming.
you will see the old fence line as you walk to the Rereatukaiha Hut
North of the clearings the track will close in the the track will be quite rough.
20 minutes before the hut you will walk along a flat area. This section will be very deep in mud after a good day of heavy rain, I give this section two to three day to dry out before going on this walk.
The last 5 minutes is very rutted out and slippery so take it easy,20 Mt before the hut on your left is the continuation of the track,otherwise it is a good walk with good views looking North, south,East and west on a fine day.
The Hut has always been in a clean and tidy state on my run around the track.

Point 4: River Crossing ??

This is were my light pair of rugby boot pay off, they give me very good grip on the steep descents.
20 Mt from the hut take the turn off on your right. the first 100 Mt can be boggy.
Then there is a short drop down in to the bush, then you are on your way down hill most of the time. there are two hill’s to climbs and a track on your left that will run you out to Waitawheta Road, give this track a miss.
The last decent is very interesting, it is steep and slippery after rain but you will pass through two good groves of Kauri trees, if you can stop your fast decent here, have a look around.
One more river to cross ten minutes from the carpark.
You will get you boots wet on a good day but on a rainy day, I WOULD GIVE THIS CROSSING A MISS IF YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN, you will get more them your boots wet.
When you reach the road turn to your right the car is only five minutes away.

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