Time: 8 hrs return Distance: 7.5 km one way Type: Tramping Track
The Waitawheta Tramway was constructed between 1896 and 1910 to transport kauri logs out of the Waitawheta Valley. The valley is another example of early pioneers pillaging the land and reminders of their activities still remain including the tramway. Today the route of the old tramway forms a walking track through the spectacular cliffs and bluffs of the gorge.
Directions: The track is located in the Waitawheta Valley and can be accessed from Waihi along SH2. From Waihi travel on SH2 towards Paeroa, turn left onto the Waitawhta Road, 2km past the Waikino Cafe. Continue along the Waitawheta Road and turn right into Franklin Road until the road ends. Access to the track is over farmland, 200m past the carpark.
Visitors can overnight in the Waitawheta Hut (fairly basic) at the end of the track.
Note: The track includes six crossings of the Waitawhata river. Visitors should not attempt to walk the track if conditions are wet as the river can rise quickly.