Around 1890 Tuahu Track was a old Maori bridle track running from the Bay of Plenty up and over the Kaimai Rangers to 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. As from December 2016 there has been a lot of maintenance done on this track.
The start of the Tuahu track is easy to find just follow the sign post. The toilet is up in the trees on the left hand side of the car park. 20 mins into the walk there is a turn off on the left to the Tuahu Kauri tree, the 5 minute walk is worth it. The Rereatukahia Stream can be tricky to cross if it has been raining in the last day, 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 and walk through a small grove of Rimu trees. At the top of the saddle, you will meet up with the North South track. If you have some time up your sleeve, or you brought some lunch with you, walk straight past the north south junction and follow the track over the top for 3 Minutes to a grassy strip alongside the track. There is a small patch of grass for you to sit down on, have a hot drink and enjoy the great view of the mighty Waikato. With power 10 binoculars you can just make out Hamilton on the horizon.
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