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Kaimai Summit to Wairere Falls , Waikato

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Kaimai Summit to Wairere Falls Intermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Linda Downes

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Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
5.00 (Moderate)
3.50 (Fast)



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NB Dogs allowed by doc permit only.

Starting at SH29 car park there is a DoC sign that is the Southern entrance/exit to the North South tramping track. You will be following this track right up untill untill Wairere Falls turnoff. Following the orange triangles at all times. Watch your step - track can be narrow in places. You will come across across fallen trees, cutty grass, mud, tree roots and the track can be overgrown in places. This is a experienced tramping track. There are a few 'scramble' parts with some uphills being tree rooty and a bit steep. It is mostly undulating however.

Hurunui Hut is around 8.5km in and to your left, very basic hut. Next hut is newly built hut where Ngamuwahine shelter was. Nice hut, has a toliet and nice facilties. Expect to see this15km into your adventure. Only 2km onward and a steady climb from there you will reach Te Tuhi Junction. At approx 22km you will reach Wairere track, keep heading north (check the sign post and make sure your heading north and toward Wairere Falls).

You will get to another sign around 1km later - turn left to get to Wairere Falls. Soak up the view of the Waikato plains at the edge of the waterfall while you're there, slightly back-track and turn right at the sign that takes you down to Goodwin Road. This is a busy track with lots of families hiking up to the waterfall. The descent to the bottom is a bit of thigh basher, but fun and completely different to the North South track. It has lots of boulders to and steps - and people!

Wairere car park has been recently upgraded and there is plenty of car parking!

Note: this can be run in the opposite direction too

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Features of interest

Wairere Waterfall 

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 90%

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  • Access

    At the top of the Kaimai on SH29 there is a gravel car park opposite the Kaimai water spring

    Enough parking for 10+ cars

    19 km

    16 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There are other tracks that junction onto North South track. Make sure you follow North.
    Keep following and pay attention to the orange triangles, if you haven't seen for a while please backtrack until you find it and carry on.

    Very patchy.

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

    Plenty of streams, a couple of rivers, The new hut has water as well

    Mud after rain, rivers could be a bit dodgy to pass after heavy rain,

    Mud, tree roots, Fallen trees, overgrown in places

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