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Kaituna Track Wilderness Experience, Tasman

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Kaituna Track Wilderness ExperienceIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Cheryl Steel

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Tasman and Nelson


Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

5:30 (Slow)
3:45 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



The track was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita, and almost completely rebuilt. NOTE: The track is poorly marked and it's slow going.

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NOTE: The track was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita, and almost completely rebuilt. The track is poorly marked, often not very visible, there are felled trees in many places, and it's slow going. Golden Bay SAR report that there are relatively frequently incidents.

The historic Kaituna track provides an interesting crossing from the northern west coast to the Aorere Valley near Collingwood. It passes through some pretty wild and remote country in between (don't be surprised if you think you're being chased by wild pigs!). There is no hut en route.

Head up the 4WD trail towards Knuckle Hill. It is worth taking the side trail up to the summit and back for the views over the unique Whanganui Inlet region. Continue on the Kaituna track which heads through dense native bush and up and along a two undulating bush-clad ridges (crossing a couple of streams along the way) before making a steep sustained descent into the Kaituna River where it forks. From here continue on a fast trail on the true left of this river out to the trail end on Carter Road, which is around 15k from Collingwood.

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

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  • Access

    Driving north from Collingwood towards Farewell Spit, turn left just past Pakawau and head west on a gravel road that leads over a low pass (to the West Coast) and then south through the spectacular Whanganui Inlet area. 2-3km past the Wairoa River bridge the road climbs up a prominent hill and near the top (on the left) is a signed turnoff for Knuckle Hill and the Kaituna Track. If you are being dropped off then you can start running from the start of this signed turnoff.

    32 km

    41 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Take a map and compass and keep a keen eye on the trail and markers. The trail is surprisingly remote, and not a good place to get lost.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map.

    A few streams along the way.

    It's important not to do this trip in/after heavy rain as you need to cross the Kaituna River forks near the end.

    Take care with navigation and following the trail; also avoid if the Kaituna River is likely to be high.

  • Post run indulgence

    Mussel Inn
    Between Collingwood and Takaka
    Good food and great atmosphere.

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