Daly’s Clearing Walk

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A very easy walk to the Daly’s Clearing along the Waitawheta Tramway followed by a 125m gently climb up to Mangakino track. It’s a 9km walk that will take you around 4 hours. Awesome bush, streams and farmland along the way.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 9 kms
        • Time needed: 4 Hours
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 326m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The Waitawheta Tramway following Waitawheta River.

  • Track Quality

    A very easy walk to the Dalys Clearing along the Waitawheta Tramway followed by a 125m gently climb up to Mangakino track

  • Hazards

    Kicking the rail spikes with your toes as you are walk along the Waitawheta Tramway to Dalys Hut, they make a mess of your boots.

  • Transport


  • Water

    Rain water tank at Dalys Hut
    Three minutes befor the hut there is a very good side creek to collect your water.

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    11.5 Km into Waihi

  • Area & Track History

    The Waitawheta River valley in full of history.
    You can see stunning rock formation and high bluffs in narrow river gorges.
    The Kaimai Rangers was very rich in Kauri trees. the timber was used for masts and spars in the old sailing ships then later on the timber was used to build houses.
    when gold was discovered in the Waihi Coromandel area timber was worth as much as gold.
    One ton of firewood was burnt to process one ton of gold bearing ore. Plus thousand of feet of timber was used for bracing in the tunnels and to build water races.
    In 1896 there was a public auction in Waitawheta Kauri Forest for the sale of 17,500,000 feet of Kauri timber.
    The Waitawheta Sawmill started operation in 1923 and built a tramway up the Waitawheta valley to remove the giant Kauri logs.

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  • Map location of Daly's Clearing 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: Daly’s Clearing Car Park

After a coffee and cake in Waihi you should be ready for a easy walk up the Waitawheta Stream to the turn off to Dalys clearing hut.
Take five minutes to read the three information boards on the area.

Point 2: Daly’s Clearing Hut Turn Off

From the Dalys Clearing Carpark you just walk to the end of the road and jump the fence.
All we did then was follow the the orange markers down the farm track and along the pleasant and enjoyable Waitawheta Stream
We jumped another fence and walk in to the bush at around 30 minutes from the end of the road.
Just in side the bush we were met by another explosion of interesting information to read. Back on the track to Dalys Clearing again, no not a track but the old Waitawheta tramway.
It had to watch were I was walking, the steel railway spikes were sticking up out of the native timber sleepers by about 20mm, just the right hight to trip you up just so you could land on another rusty old spike.
This section of walk was so enjoyable I almost walk past the turn off to Dalys Clearing

Point 3: Daly’s Clearing Hut

From the turn off to Dalys Clearing Hut took us 30 minutes.
There was just a short steep climb up a few steps made from half round posts
Then there is a small creek to step over and before arriving at the Hut.
I was amazed to find Dalys Hut to be very clean and tidy, I would have no problem sleeping in Dalys Clearing Hut

Point 4: Mangakino Track

From Dalys Hut we turned left and walked across the clearing and followed the track leading to Mangakino track.
This short 600m walk was through very wet dark second growth bush.
It was quite surprising to walk out on to the old six foot miners track that you could ride a mountain bike along.
The mangakino track starts from Karangahake Gorge and goes through to Mt Te Aroha a very interesting two day’s full on walk.

Point 5: Dean’s Track

The Mangakino Track is an easy track to follow. You will be walking down hill most of the time.
It will take you about 40 minutes to reach the turn off to Deans Track.

Point 6: Farm Walk

An easy down hill walk out to the farm land.
then you just follow the markers back to the car.
You might encounter a electric fence along the way.

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