Kauri Walk 2023 which Route to chose?
It’s really important that you chose the right route for your fitness levels. Below is some information about the route to help you to make your choice…
The 21km route follows Pirau Ridge Road (an old logging road) through the forest for approximately 9km. For the 12km option, trampers will be transported down this section in four-wheel drive vehicles.
At the 9km mark, all participants head down the Pukatea Ridge track which descends about 350m in altitude over 4kms to the Waipapa River. This part of the route passes along the edge of a beautiful stand of mature kauri and through a variety of other plant communities with some spectacular views of the forest.
On reaching the Waipapa River, participants can either walk in the river or follow an adjacent track. The walk in the river is fairly easy going and really rather lovely; we recommend planning to walk in the river. After approximately 2.5km, the track widens and becomes what was intended to be a road from Hokianga to Kaeo but which was abandoned in a partly constructed state in the 1930s. Participants will walk along this old road for approximately 5.5kms, passing the remains of historic bridges, to the finish line at Forest Pools. Those choosing to walk in the river will be directed back to the road at the appropriate point.
If you are still not sure feel free to get in touch.