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