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Motutapere Hut Walk

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The Motutapere Hut walk is 640 Mt along the top of the Kaimai range.
You can look out to Tauranga and the mighty Waikato.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 11 kms
        • Time needed: 6 Hours
        • Difficulty: Hard
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 560m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The only reason for this walk is for a good burn out, the views of Tauranga and the coast line and looking out to Hamilton.
    On a clear day you can see the cars and trucks on the main road to Te Aroha, on the Waikato Side
    The walk to Motutapere Hut is part of the Tuahu walkway, Te Rereatukaiha Hut and Thompson Track.
    There are two way to reach Motutapere Hut. take a look at the Thompson Track loop walk which will take a little longer to walk and just slightly easier

  • Track Quality

    You start of with a very good six foot wide track until you reach the turn off at the North South Track.
    On the North South Track you will be into real demanding Kaimai range tramping
    You will walk around bluff with a steel cable to hold on to and descend down the staircase, which is very slippery when wet, which is most of the time.
    And I have ran into deer standing on the track but with all that said, the views will make up for all the hard work.

  • Hazards

    Stinging nettle at the start of the North South Turn off,strong winds, very narrow and slippery staircase and watch out for the big stags on the track they can give you a massive fright

  • Transport

    Unknown

  • Water

    Not a lot of fresh water once you start the up hill climb after crossing the Rereatukahia stream
    At the North South turn off there is no more water till you reach Motutapere Hut. just past Motutapere Hut there are a couple of very small creeks, a 20 Minute walk.

  • Driving Instructions

    Unknown

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    8Km to Katikati

  • Area & Track History

    Tuahu Track around 1890 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 Fantail, Robin, Tom Tit, Pigeon or Tui.
    The Kauri you walk past at the start of the walk is known as Tuahu.
    There are story’s of families who would ride over the Tuahu Track from Te Aroha to ride in the events in the Katikati AMP show.
    They were the Duncans, Halls and Thompsons.

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  • Map location of Motutapere Hut 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: Hot springs Road Car Park

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: North South Track Turn Off

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.

Point 3: The Old Motutapere Hut

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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