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Rapurapu Kauri Track, Waikato

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Rapurapu Kauri TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Linda Downes

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

1:10 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



Plenty of river crossings that are shin depth, please consider not doing this trail after heavy rain as the river might be impassible.

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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.

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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%

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  • Access

    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

    16 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    When crossing the rivers, look for the orange triangles on the other side

    Generally good.

    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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