Location: The Blade, Whakamarama, Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park
Access: Ngamarama track – car park at the end of Whakamarama Road, the track veers off the Pa Kereru Loop track.
DOC Duration: Click here for DOC website track info
Forest Family Times:Ngamarama track to North South Junction – 5 hours with a 5, 6, 7 and two 8 year olds – this time includes breaks after every hour of walking (when walked without children it only took 2.5-3 hours).
West – Te Tuhi track – 1.5 – 2 hours, walking with a 10, 11 and 12 year old (Walking time only – doesn’t include lunch or swim stop).
South – North South track to Te Whare Okioki – 1/1.5 hours without/with kids.
North – North South track to Wairere Falls (top) – 2.5 hours without kids
Track Grade: Advanced – this DOC grade is due to stream/river crossings.
Highlights/Features: The old tramline cuttings are pretty spectacular. The track is a good mix between tramline, roots and grassy paths, it’s nice to change it up a bit – kids love climbing over roots more fun than a plain track. There were plenty of streams to dip your feet in or to enjoy a lunch break at. This is a decent walk for little legs so be sure to have lots of distractions up your sleeve.
There are several small stream crossings on this track, some are rock hopping, some are crossed by balancing on logs.
Always look up and follow the orange triangles as there were a couple of times on the track that while looking down you could veer off on an unmarked track (make sure kids are not walking too far ahead).