The Motutapere Hut walk is 640 Mt along the top of the Kaimai range.
You can look out to Tauranga and the mighty Waikato.
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.
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.
The start of the Tuahu track is easy to find just follow the sign post.
20 minutes into the walk there is a turn off on the left to the Tuahu Kauri tree.
It is a loop track and the five minute walk is worth it.
The Rereatukahia Stream can be tricky to cross if it has been raining in the last day or two otherwise you can rock hop the stream with out getting your socks wet.
when you cross the Rereatukahia Stream it is up hill all the way. you will skip across two more creeks, Fill up with water, and walk through a small grove of Kauri trees.
At the top of the saddle, you will meet up with the North South track.
Turn to the left and walk North on the North South track. From here on it is a few short but steep section to climb, but the views of the Bay Of Plenty and the mighty Waikato is worth the sweat. There is a small bluff to walk under, but there is a wire rope to hold on to. You will only need the wire rope if the Gail force westerly are blowing. The next challenge was the steel ladder to descend. I found it so narrow my pack was getting caught up in the rails every steep I took, but the worst was to come. I steeped on to the start of the wooden steep and took a short trip down to the next two steeps. But all was forgotten when I climb out of the ravine thinking about a hot cup of coffee would go great about now, When I came head to head with a young Hine. The Hine barked at me then jumped over the ridge and disappeared leaving me with a small heart attack to get over. The next set of steeps I had to climb were all so wood, this was followed by slip and slide section down hill to the Motutapere Hut and a hot coffee. The Motutapere Hut was over due for a clean up before have a hot cup of coffee and a slice of carrot cake. It was an interesting night, with the rats trying to get into my pack and eat my delicious carrot cake and the opossums dancing on the tin roof, I was not lonely that night.
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