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Woods Mill Track, Waikato

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Woods Mill TrackIntermediate

Submitted by Linda Downes

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:45 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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About 200 metres of a grassy access track leads to the old tramway track, which makes an easy descent towards an old mill site. A  few leftover rusty objects are laying around so watch where you put your feet. This track doesn't really get maintained so there's a lot obstacles to duck under and go over, especially when you're close to Waiomou stream, where it gets very tree rooty too. The track then continues along the main tramway to a ridge above the Waiomou Stream, following the orange DoC triangles, The track then descends the end of this ridge into the Waiomou Stream and finishes at a 3m-high beautiful waterfall and a sign that says Woods Mill track end. Return the same way!

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Features of interest

Tramways, Old mine objects

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 85%

Easy Single Track: 5%

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  • Access

    This track is found on the northern side of SH5 between Rotorua and Tirau, it is on a gravel pull off area with minimal signage. You can easily drive straight past it.
    There is a Doc sign found at the start of the overgrown track & also a white sign that says 'light no fires'
    it is situated on the left hand side if your heading toward Rotorua

    There is enough parking a 10+ cars

    23 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the DoC triangles and signage provided


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Gaiters.

    There is a stream at the turnaround point that should be fine to drink from

    It can be muddy in parts of the tramway

    There are lots of hazards throughout due to the over-growness of the trail and it being a tramway to a old mill site. There are objects hidden in the grass section. At the bottom of the descent near the Waiomou stream there are lots of tree roots and obstacles.

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