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Mt Messenger to Kiwi Road

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Mt Messenger is named after Colonel William Messenger,a redoubt commander in 1870s

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 12 kms
        • Time needed: A good 5 Hours without stops
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 323m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Bush ,bush and more Bush with a 2 Hour walk over farm land.
    I did run into two mobs of wild goats.

  • Track Quality

    Just the normal kahikatea and beech forest a little thick in places, so you will have to stop now and then to look for markers. on my walk the track was over grown so I had to stop and look around for the track a few times.
    You will be walking on private farm land,So behave.

  • Hazards

    I had to spent time looking for the track in a couple of places, plus there are steep cliffs in the area.

  • Transport

    Unknown

  • Water

    No, Do not drink form the creek that run through fame land. you could find a dead sheep around the next corner.

  • Driving Instructions

    Unknown

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    67 Km to New Plymouth Or 32 Km to a small town called Urenui

  • Area & Track History

    Unknown

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Mt Messenger to Kiwi Road

    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: Start of Mt Messenger Track

Driving north on H/W 3 up to the Mt Messenger tunnel look for the only parking spot on the right hand side of the road as you crawl up the hill. The car park is on a very sharp left hand bend
There is a DOC sign to mark the start of the Kiwi Rd Mt Messenger Forest. there time for the walk is 6hr 30min.

Point 2: The Kiwi Messenger climb

From the car park follow the track down to the creek. just as well there is a board walk to get you across the wet area. take it easy when you walk out on to the small clearing. look to the right for the orange markers and the up hill climb

Point 3: 300 Mt

there is not a lot to talk about this walk. the bush is quite thick and not a lot to see. about 10 minutes in to the climb It was a good excuse to talk a break. you look back and see cars and trucks crawling up Mt Messenger, at the second highest point 300m you can just look down the valley and see farmland, really exciting stuff. the track markers are very minimal, three time I had to drop my pack and spend a few minutes walking around trying find the track

Point 4: Turn off to Rerekapa

At the high of 325m, the native bush on the Kiwi, Mt messenger track was very old and quite open, it was quite pleasant walk even in the rain. This is were I lost a few years off my life. With my head down and pounding along the track in the poring rain thinking about a hot cup of coffee and a thick slice of rich fruit cake when I get back to the truck, I was brought back to life when a wild pig just miters form me snorted at me then took off down the ridge. from that moment on I was looking behind every tree look for the next Pig, goat or deer, I saw nothing.
As you have been walking down hill for a few 30 minutes you should see a track running off to the right. this track goes out to Rerekapa Station, I quicker walk in the rain.

Point 5: Rerakapa Station

Putting up with 3 Hours and 30 minutes of rain I decided to take the track out to the station and on to Kiwi Road.
I did a lot of hunting on this station back in 2000. If you follow the bush track down hill you will end up at the same place but it will be all bush walking bar the last 15 minutes.
If you Take the Rerekapa station turn off you will walk out on to a 6 foot track in about 5 minutes, turn left walk down hill to the first gate. now look up to the horizon and you should just make out the house, that is Kiwi Road, It’s just 3Km as the crow flies, head for the house. follow the farm track down in to a creek then around and over the next ridge. form that ridge top you will see the air strip, hay shed and the road.

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