Waihora to WaihahaIntermediate
Submitted by Richard Murphy
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, small hills only
Not Suitable (Slow)
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Starting from the car park at Waihora Lagoon, you have a gentle climb for 3-4 km on an obvious track until you meet the 3Ws junction; these being Waihora, Waihaha and Weraroa. At this point you follow the Hauhungaroa track south until the Waihaha Hut. A clear track is not visible through this 8km section and you need to take care to follow the DoC track markers. After Waihaha Hut there is 9km to the road on a track which has been recently been upgraded for mountain biking, and easy to follow.
Features of interest
One of New Zealand’s most significant conservation battles took place in this area. The protest led to the end of native forest logging in the Pureora park, where many huge rimu, totara, kahikatea and kamahi survive.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 55%
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Easy Single Track: 30%
From SH32 turn onto Waihora Road (signposted, between Tihoi and Waihaha cycle trail start). Follow this gravel road for approx. 3 km before turning into the Waihora Lagoon car park.
The road to Waihora Lagoon is gravel with some significant potholes, 4WD should be used to get to the car park. The location is quite isolated with mainly Hunters and occasional families doing the short lagoon walk.
Between the 3Ws junction and Waihaha Hut you must take care to follow DoC markers.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
The Waihaha Hut has water collected from rain
Could get very wet in sections during Winter, particularly the 1st 3-4km. Potential for snow as well.
There is a small stream crossing and 2 steep climbs with matching descents.
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