The Bluff Stream Kauri Loop Track

This track is off the end of Franklin Road, which comes off Waitawheta Road at the northern end of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest park.

The whole trip takes about 3 hours. The image to the right shows the view up the Waitawheta Valley from near the road end.

The Twin Kauris are on that ridge in the background. The Bluff Track brings you down along the other side of the ridge and behind that steep bush-clad hill (The Bluff).

There are signs near the end of the road to indicate where you should (or shouldn't) park. It is about a 20 minute walk across some farmland (follow the markers) before you get to the bush.

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Just after entering the bush, there is a marked intersection, with the track to the Bluff Stream Kauri Loop Track coming off to the left. Follow this and shortly you will be crossing the Waitawheta River. The marker peg on the otherside is slightly upstream.

From then on, the track takes you upwards, and seems to meander around at times, but just keep following the orange markers. Eventually you will come to another intersection, where you head right, towards the twin kauris which are only a few minutes further on, as you head downwards. (The left hand track at the intersection heads towards the Ananui Falls and the Waitengue/Woodlands Rd track.)

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The Kauris are each about 3 metres in diameter, and give you some idea of what our forests would be like if they had not been milled.

The wooden platforms around the trees are so that the roots of these kauris are not damaged by human footsteps.

Continue on the track, as it heads downwards.

At certain times of the year you will find Corybas orchids along the side of the track.

Eventually you come down to where the Bluff stream meets the Waitawheta River. Cross the stream first, and then look upstream slightly to see where the markers indicate where to cross the river.

Once across the river you will be on a very obvious old tramway, the remnants of a railway used in the milling days.

On the way back out to the road (following the river downstream), there are some large patches of the native begonia, shown here in the image to the right. The flower is quite insignificant, but the foliage is very distinctive.

You may also be lucky enough to spot some Thelymitra orchids at the right time of the year.

Please resist the temptation to pick them - leave them there for others to enjoy. It is also illegal to remove any plants from State forest Parks and reserves.

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