Ngamarama Track – Kaimai Ranges

Nutshell

  • 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.
  • Notes:
    • 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 walking too far ahead).
    • No dogs allowed unless by permit.
    • There is a toilet at the car park in Whakamarama.

 

 

 

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