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Tuahu Track Walk

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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.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 5 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 515m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    When you get a clear fine day you can see Tauranga 29k to the South and Mount Maunganui.

  • Track Quality

    Excellent track with new gravel. 25 minutes into the walk you will have to cross the Te Rereatukahia Stream. On a good day you can rock hop across without getting your feet wet.

  • Hazards

    Crossing the Te Rereatukahia Stream after a day of heavy rain. It can be very cold and windy on the top of the main ridge.

  • Transport


  • Water

    Plenty of fresh water from the side creeks

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The small town of katikati is 8k to the North.

  • Area & Track History

    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.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 few Fantail, Robin, Tom Tit, Pigeon or Tui. The mighty Kauri tree you walk past on your way to the top is also known as Tuahu. There are story’s of families who would ride over the Tuahu Track from Te Aroha just to ride in the events in the Katikati AMP show. They were the Duncans, Halls and Thompsons. They arrived on Friday afternoon, ride all day in the AMP show on Saturday, then dance the night away after the trophies were presented, no doubt they downed a few bottles of home brew as well. Then ride home Sunday afternoon with a splitting head!

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  • Map location of Tuahu Track 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: The Start of the Tuahu Walkway

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.

Point 2: Rereatukahia Stream

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.

Point 3: North South Track

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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Tuahu Kauri walking tracks 426/266 Hot Springs Road, Katikati 3178, New Zealand

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