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Welcome to Moto Walk NZ

Welcome to an occasional blog about walking and hiking tracks, mainly in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Coromandel regions of New Zealand. I had been exploring backroads on motorbikes for a number of years, before starting to do day walks of up to about 5 to 6 hours duration, mainly on DoC tracks. Motorbike riding days are more or less over now.

This blog will describe the tracks walked, their difficulty level, distance walked, time taken, facilities available, and will include some photos from the walks. Many of the walks also have a description on the DoC or other web site, and links to these descriptions will be posted. Clicking on a photo in a blog post will usually display a full-size version of the photo. Click on the back button to return to the post.

The following are the posts classified by general area.
Coromandel Peninsula:
Broken Hills, Hikuai
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula
New Chums Beach
Opera Point Historic Reserve
Pauanui Summit Track
Wentworth Falls
Karangahake:
Bluff Stream Kauri Loop
County Rd to Mt Karangahake Summit
Dean, Mangakino Pack, Daly’s Clearing and Waitawheta Tramway Tracks
Dickey Flat – Mangakino Pack Track Loop
Dickey Flat to Karangahake loop
Karangahake Tunnel Loop to Owharoa Falls
Mt Karangahake summit
Waitawheta Tramway Track – Franklin Rd to Waitawheta Hut
Katikati:
Ananui Falls from Woodland Rd
Aongatete Walking Tracks
Athenree Village
Katikati – Haiku Pathway, Uretara/Yeoman Walkway
Kauri Point – Ongare Point
Lindemann Loop Track and Wairoa Shelter
MacMillan Reserve and Tamawhariua Reserve, Katikati
Mount Eliza Mine and Summit
Tanners Point
Tuahu Kauri and Sentinel Rock
Tuapiro Point
Wharawhara Track – Wharawhara Rd to Cashmore Clearing
Rotorua:
Hamurana Springs
Hemo Gorge Trail, Rotorua
Hinehopu/Hongi’s Track
Kaharoa Kokako Track
Lake Okareka Walkway
Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve – Ngahopua, Anaha and Kepa Tracks
Lake Okataina to Mt Whakapoungakau
Lake Tikitapu/Blue Lake
Mangakakahi and Otamatea walkways, Rotorua
Mt Ngongotaha – Nature Loop and Jubilee Track
Okataina Western Walkway – SH30 to Patotara
Okere Falls
Rainbow Mountain – Maungakakaramea
Rongomai, Te Auheke and Tarawhai Tracks at Lake Okataina
Rotoma Bridle Track
Rotorua Walkway: Pukeroa, Lakefront, Motutara, Te Arikiroa, Puarenga
The Redwoods – Pohaturoa Track
The Redwoods – Quarry Track
The Redwoods – Tokorangi Pa Track
The Redwoods – Treewalk
Utuhina Walkway, Rotorua
Tauranga central/south:
Gordon Carmichael Reserve
Kopurererua Valley, Tauranga
McLaren Falls Park – Lakeside and Waterfall tracks
McLaren Falls Park – Rimu Track
Mt Maunganui/Mauao
Ngamuwahine and Ngamuwahine Loop Tracks
North South Track – SH29 to North Henderson Tramline
Omanawa Falls
Otanewainuku – Rimu Loop – Whataroa Falls
Rapurapu Kauri Track
Ruahihi Canal walkway/cycleway
Tauranga / Historical Inner City + Waikareao
Te Rerenga and Lost Tank Tracks – TECT All Terrain Park
TECT Park Radio Repeater lookout
Waikareao Estuary Walkway
Yatton Park to Fraser Street Reserve
Tauranga east:
Kaiate Falls – Te Rerekawau
Ohauiti Reserve
Otawa trig from Manoeka Road
Otawa Trig from Te Puke Quarry Road
Papamoa Beach, Wairakei, Topaz Drive Reserves
Papamoa Drainage Reserve – Domain Rd to Pacific View Rd
Papamoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park
Raparapahoe Falls
Te Ara Kahikatea Pathway, Te Puke
Tauranga west:
I’Anson Reserve
Leyland O’Brien Tramway Track
Minden Scenic Reserve
Omokoroa Peninsula
Pā Kererū Loop Walk, Whakamārama
Puketoki Reserve
Te Puna Quarry Park – Part 1
Te Puna Quarry Park – Part 2
Te Aroha:
Ancient Maori Trail at Wairere Falls
Horseman’s and Lipsey Tracks, Te Aroha
Howarth Memorial Wetland Walkway – Te Aroha
Mt Te Aroha summit
Tui – Domain Track, Te Aroha
Tui Tracks to Mt Te Aroha Summit
Waiorongomai Pylon Peak Track
Waiorongomai to Dog Kennel Flat, Mt Te Aroha
Waiorongomai Valley – High Level Pack and Cadman Tracks, Buck Rock, Low Level Drive
Waiorongomai Valley – Low Level, Water Race, New Era, High Level Pack Tracks
Waiorongomai Valley – Piako County Tramway
Wairere Falls
Waihi/Waihi Beach:
Athenree Village
Black Hill Walkway – Waihi
Bowentown Domain
Golden Cross Mine to Maratoto Road
Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway – Waihi
Orokawa Bay and Homunga Bay
Pohutukawa Park track at Waihi Beach
Waihi Beach New Track
Waihi to Waikino loop – rail and walk/cycle
William Wright Falls
Waikato:
Hakarimata Kauri Loop Walk
Hakarimata Summit Track
Hapuakohe Walkway – Ohinewai Rd to Maungakawa Trig
Jim Barnett Reserve – Waikato River Trail
Kakepuku
Kaniwhaniwha Nikau Loop Walk and Caves
Karakariki Track to Waterfall, Whatawhata
Lake Hakanoa, Huntly
Lake Moananui, Tokoroa
Lake Ngaroto, Te Awamutu
Lake Puketirini, Huntly
Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge
Mangakara Nature Walk, Pirongia
Mangaokewa River Loop Walk, Te Kuiti
Morrinsville River Walk
Mt William Walkway
Pukeatua
Pukemokemoke Reserve
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Summit Northern Loop
Taitua Arboretum and Till’s Lookout, Hamilton
Taupiri Mountain Summit
Te Tapui Loop Track – Maungakawa
Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring
Tirohanga Track to Ruapane Trig, Pirongia
Waikato River Trail – Waotu to Mangarewa Bridge
Waikato River Trails – Jones Landing to Arapuni
Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton
Yarndley’s Bush, Te Awamutu
Whakatane and Eastern Bay of Plenty:
Hansen, Stoneham, Ruruanga Walks, Kawerau
Hukutaia Domain, Opotiki
Karaponga Reserve and Dam
Karaponga Reserve, Waterfall and Dam
Kohi Point Walkway – Ohope – Whakatane
Kohi Point Walkway – Whakatane – Ohope
Latham’s Hill Track, Awakeri
Marawaiwai Scenic Reserve, Opotiki
Nga Tapuwae o Toi – Burma Rd to Whakatane
Nga Tapuwae o Toi – Ohope to Burma Rd
Nukuhou Saltmarsh, Ohope – Ohiwa
Ohope Harbourside Trail
Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park, Ohiwa
Onepu Park
Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe), Kawerau King of the Mountain race
Tarawera Falls to Tarawera Outlet
Tarawera River Walks, Kawerau
Tauwhare Pa, Ohope
Te Waiti Nature Trail, Opotiki
The Motu Road – Eastern Bay of Plenty
Warren Cole Walk & Cycleway, Whakatane
Whakaari / White Island

MacMillan Reserve and Tamawhariua Reserve, Katikati

A parking area at the eastern end of Beach Road, Katikati, provides access to MacMillan Reserve to the north, and Tamawhariua Reserve and Coastal Walkway to the south. MacMillan Reserve provides walking and cycling access along the foreshore and then to the eastern end of Pukakura Road. Tamawhariua Reserve runs alongside the foreshore before heading back to Beach Road, ending on Beach Road about 500 metres from the carpark. There are toilets in the carpark, and a boat ramp off the end of Beach Rd.

There appears to be very little information about the reserves, and although the Tamawhariua Reserve is mentioned very briefly in a Western Bay of Plenty District Council page about cycle and walking trails there were no signs on the route indicating it’s name. It is signposted as a public walkway and cycle way and is also open to mobility scooters. Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under control at all times. It appeared to be a popular route for dog walkers. Horses and motorcycles are not allowed.

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Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge

Lake Te Koutu (also shown as Lake Te Koo Utu and Lake Te Ko Utu) in the heart of Cambridge is a natural lake formed during one of the later Taupo volcanic eruptions about 1800 years ago when debris swept down the Waikato River and blocked off many small side streams. Water backup up behind the debris formed what is now Lake Te Koutu. The lake forms part of the 17.6 hectare Cambridge Domain which was established in 1880. Information about the domain and the walks is available on the Cambridge web site and the Mighty Waikato web site.

The Cambridge Domain is located on two main terrace levels, with steep slopes between the lower level which includes the lake, and the upper level where there is direct access from Victoria Street, Thornton Road, and Lake Street. The main access to the lake level is off Albert Street, with a parking area near the lake. There is an elevation difference of about 27 metres between the lake level and the upper level.

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Yarndley’s Bush, Te Awamutu

Yarndley’s Bush is a 14-hectare remnant of native swamp forest dominated by kahikatea, the tallest of native New Zealand trees. The bush remnant is accessible from Ngaroto Road, near Te Awamutu, down a sloping access track to the bush itself. A short loop track through the western end of the bush, mostly formed as a boardwalk to protect the tree roots, has a lookout tower about halfway around the loop. The bush was purchased from Richard Yarndley in 1992 to create a scenic reserve, and the boardwalk and lookout tower were built by the Te Awamutu Kiwanis Club in 1994/1995. Limited information about the bush and the walk can be found on the Waipa District Council web site, and the Te Awamutu information web site.

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Lake Moananui, Tokoroa

Lake Moananui is an artificial lake in Tokoroa, formed in 1975 when a low dam was built across Matarawa Stream. The lake forms part of Lake Moananui Reserve, and a concrete pathway forms a 2.5 km long walkway or cycleway around the lake. The reserve is accessible from Arawa Crescent or from SH32/Maraetai Road. There are parking areas in both locations, and toilets are easily accessible from Arawa Crecent. Some information about the lake and the walk can be found on The Mighty Waikato tourism web site. Continue reading

Otawa trig from Manoeka Road

Otawa Scenic Reserve is an area of native forest south-east of Tauranga and south-west of Te Puke. Otawa trig, at an elevation of 565 metres, is the highest point within the reserve. The trig is accessible from several locations, including a track which starts at the end of Manoeka Road, climbing to meet up with the track from Demeter Road and Otanewainuku, with a short steeper section before reaching the trig station. There are no views from the trig station, or from the track which has vegetation cover for the entire length.

The Otawa Scenic Reserve is managed by DoC, and a short description of the reserve and some of the tracks is found on their web site. An alternative and easier route to the trig station is described in the post Otawa Trig from Te Puke Quarry Road on this site.

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Karakariki Track to Waterfall, Whatawhata

The Karakariki Scenic Reserve was originally set aside as a water conservation reserve. The reserve covers about 486 hectares, and is accessible across private farmland from the end of Karakariki Valley Road, off Karakariki Road which branches off SH23 between Hamilton and Raglan, near Whatawhata. At one time the forest was dominated by kauri but this was milled out in the early 1900s. There is a short, relatively easy, track leading from the end of Karakariki Valley Road to a small waterfall. The track then continues up a steeper hill section, ending at a fenceline but without any views.

The waterfall apparently does not have an official name, despite being shown on Google Maps as Karakariki Waterfall. Karakariki Stream is actually somewhat further to the south. The track to the waterfall and beyond is known as Karakariki Track, with a description and a few photos on the DoC web site. There are several streams joining near the waterfall, including Mangapapa Stream, Tuoro Stream and Whakakai Stream. The first two are presumably the ones crossed on the last swing bridge before the waterfall, with Whakakai Stream appearing on the topographic map to be the waterfall stream. Continue reading

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is an ecological restoration project situated on the outskirts of Hamilton, attempting to bring back Hamilton’s native flora and fauna. The park is owned and managed by Hamilton City Council, with help from Waikato University, Wintec, Waikato Regional Council and Tui2000. More information about the history, the park, and the project can be found on the Hamilton City Council web site.

One entry to the park is located on Brymer Road, directly across the road from the entrance to Hamilton Zoo. The intention is to create a hub with a common arrival space and facilities. The plantings in the park have been ongoing since 2004, but the park was only open to the public from mid-November 2019. Continue reading

Mangaokewa River Loop Walk, Te Kuiti

Mangaokewa Gorge Scenic Reserve, off SH30 a few minutes south of Te Kuiti, has a campsite and a walkway running through it. The walkway is part of Te Araroa Trail between Te Kuiti and Pureora. Within the reserve the trail runs alongside the Mangaokewa River (or Mangaokewa Stream), and on the other side of the stream there is a walking track through older native forest. A swing bridge at either end allows a walk to be done as a loop, with a nominal time of 1.5 hours. Although DoC owns and manages the reserve there appears to be no information about the loop walk on the DoC web site. However the Te Araroa section can be found on the Te Araroa web site.

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Pā Kererū Loop Walk, Whakamārama

The Pā Kererū Loop Walk was opened in early November 2019 after several years of work by  the Mahi Boys training program, a special team who are all clients of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board mental health service. A story with details and photos can be found on the Bay of Plenty Times web site. The loop walk is located at the end of Whakamarama Road, starting from the same location as the Leyland O’Brien Tramway track and the Ngamarama Track.

The Pā Kererū track mainly follows the old Poripori and Leyland O’Brien tramlines, with very easy gradients and bridges over stream crossings. The walking time is marked as 40 minutes for the loop, starting and ending at the Bulldozer Blade Clearing at the southern end of Whakamarama Road. Continue reading

Rotorua Walkway: Pukeroa, Lakefront, Motutara, Te Arikiroa, Puarenga

Rotorua Walkway is a 26 km long walkway divided into 8 sections forming a loop, with a further two walkways branching off from the main loop. The walkways are described in the brochure Rotorua Walkways available on the Rotorua Lakes Council web site, under the Brochures heading. The two walkways branching off, Mangakakahi and Otamatea, have been covered in a previous post: Mangakakahi and Otamatea walkways, Rotorua and the Utuhina section (number 7 in the brochure) has been covered in the post: Utuhina Walkway, Rotorua

This post describes the sections numbered 1 to 5 in the brochure, as well as part of number 6. These are Pukeroa, Rotorua Lakefront, Motutara, Te Arikiroa and Puarenga, with part of the Rotorua Tree Trust walkway. The walk starts near the intersection of Lake Road and Ranolf Street, across from Kuirau Park. There is no parking area nearby, although parking is available on and near Rangiuru Street, with about a 500 metre walk to the starting point. The Puarenga section walk ends at the entrance to Whakarewarewa Village on Tryon Street. Total distance is about 8.5 km with a walking time of about 2 hours 10 minutes.

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