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Sentinel Rock Walk

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The Sentinel Rock Walk is a medium 6k walk that will take you around 4 hours to complete. Follow the Tuahu Track which is around 8k from Katikati.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 6.00 kms
        • Time needed: 4 Hours
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 536m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Sitting on top of Sentinel rock looking up and down the Kaimi Range

  • Track Quality

    A six foot track to start off with, but as you climb there will be dozens of tree roots to trip you up

  • Hazards

    Climbing to Sentinel Rock summit you will be hanging on to blades of grass and fresh air

  • Transport

    Unknown

  • Water

    No

  • Driving Instructions

    Unknown

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Katikati 8 km

  • 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. 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. They would arrive on Friday afternoon, ride in the show on Saturday, then dance the night away after the trophies were presented and then ride home Sunday with a hang over.

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  • Map location of Sentinel Rock 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 car park

The car park is on a sealed road just a short 8km drive from Katikati

Point 2: Turn off to Sentinel Rock

Walk through the gate at the end of the carpark and on to an excellent six foot track. 10 minutes into the walk there is a good creek to dump your chemically treated town water and top up with real fresh water. The turn off to Sentinel Rock from the car park is a pleasant 20 minute walk.

Point 3: Sentinel Rock Look Out

There is a little bonus in this walk, you will walk right past the giant kauri tree Tauhu. It is thought to be around 600 years old. The first limb is 12.8 Mt from the ground and the diameter at the base is a slim 2.7 Mt. Follow the track past Tauhu to the next turn off just minutes away, cross the bridge and take the track to the left. To Sentinel Rock Lookout the track is just the same as any other track in the Kaimai ranges. Lots of tree roots to trip you up and miles of damp thick bush. At an easy pace it took us 1 Hour and 10 minutes to reach the Sentinel Rock Lookout.

Point 4: Sentinel Rock Summit

Now the sign says the track up to Sentinel Rock is closed. DOC are trying to discourage trampers from climbing to the top of Sentinel Rock. The last 10Mt of the climb needs a little caution, just take your time and get a secure foot hold before taking the next step. So go and have a look, from the lookout to the top of Sentinel Rock will take you around 20min. The view from Sentinel Rock on a fine day is fantastic, on a cloudy day take a warm jacket so you can sit down and enjoy the view, a flask of hot coffee and a slice of chocolate cake would round off the perfect day.

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Contact info

Kaimai-Mamaku, Sentinel Rock Lookout, Forest Park, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park 3178, New Zealand

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