Time: 3hour return
The track follows the gorge on the true right hand side of the stream for 20 minutes. Where the track crosses the stream you get good views of a beautiful, 20-metre waterfall and surrounding bush.
The vegetation here is mainly Tawa and Taraire, and other assorted hardwoods. From the stream, the track ascends in a zigzag past the top of the waterfall up to the ridge to a viewing platform overlooking the gorge. You then sidle around hardwood forest to a saddle and up a face to enter the kauri stand. Once in the kauri stand the track climbs the main ridge to the Hauturu Highpoint Track junction then back down in a loop to rejoin the track back out to the road end. You can get nice views of kauri from the loop.
•It is important that you refer to the weather report before embarking on the Waiotemarama Waterfall Loop Walk as the water level of the stream can rise suddenly with heavy downpours.
•The track is slippery when wet.
•Abrupt weather changes and exposure to wind chill can be encountered.
•Only attempt this track if time (daylight hours) and fitness permit.
•Ensure you take warm clothing even during summer.
•Please ensure your footwear is clean before entering the bush, and is cleaned before visiting another site. This is to help prevent the spread of the kauri dieback disease Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA)
•Permits are required for dogs and hunting, these can be acquired free of charge from the Kauri Coast Area Office.
What to expect:
•Easy to moderate walking from a few minutes to a day
•Track is mostly well formed, some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
•Suitable for people with low to moderate fitness and abilities
•Clearly sign posted. Stream and river crossings are bridged
•Walking shoes or light tramping/hiking boots required