Rapurapu Kauri TrackBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Linda Downes
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Beginner - Intermediate
Plenty of river crossings that are shin depth, please consider not doing this trail after heavy rain as the river might be impassible.
As you leave the carpark, the track is an easy grade that passes through an old pine bush (pines have been logged) before entering the native forest, the track is very easy to follow and there are also the DoC orange triangles to follow .
Around 1.7km into the track you will get to your first river crossing. Don't bother taking off your shoes as there are plenty more river crossings to come! The track becomes a bit more fun too, lots of tree roots to pass over. After crossing the river 8 times you will be walking up a nice boardwalk to the kauri trees, enjoy! Return same way.
Keep you eye out for some nice swimming holes too.
Features of interest
16 river crossings in total, lots of swimming holes. Kauri trees.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 85%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%
Track starts at the lower end of the Waikato side of Kaimai (State highway 29)
It is easier and much safer to access the track car park when driving down the Kaimai towards Waikato as its on your left off the very last slow vehicle bay coming down.
Parking is quite limited to 10 cars or less in summer months. Please note, permits are required for dogs
When crossing the rivers, look for the orange triangles on the other side
Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
I'm pretty sure it is safe to drink from the river. It looks crystal clear
Don't attempt after heavy rainfall
While crossing rivers be aware of slippery rocks
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