Though the track goes all the way to Orange Peel Corner (providing access to the Huia area networks), this track is most used for the access it provides to the Pararaha and Cowans Stream. This is a pity as combining the track with the Walker Ridge, Muir, Pararaha Valley, Buck Taylor and Zion Ridge Tracks makes for a complicated sounding but actually great half day loop walk with some great views, good climbs and not much in the way of crowds. Odlins track itself can be slippery under foot and care should be taken after wet weather and during winter. Though the Pararaha and Cowans Stream are popular off track routes they are not maintained by park staff and not recommended for people new to tramping. Please seek advice from the Arataki Visitor Centre or Canyonz (a registered guiding company) if you are thinking of going in these areas.
What to expect:
Tramping tracks will:
consist of formed and drained surfaces.
be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Distance:2.8 km Time:2.0 hours Views:As an inland track the views are limited but some of the vistas overlooking the valleys are beautiful. Wheelchair access:No Pram access:No
Toilets:There are no toilets at the car park (and it can get busy over summer). The closest toilets are a long drop at the Odlins 2 Campground (bring your own toilet paper), where the track crosses the Cowans Stream. Other wise Toilets are available at the Karekare Beach car park area. Note: the toilets that used to be at the junction with the Pararaha Stream have now been removed.Drinking water:There is no drinking water available. Drinking from the stream is no recommended without treatment. Please bring enough water for your visit with you in a reusable container.
From the parking area on Lone Kauri Road,take the track following parallel to the road (not the one heading up the hill) track after about 50 metres descends to the Pararaha Stream. Cross the stream and ascend following and old cutting over saddle, across Cowan Stream and up a long spur to Orange Peel Corner.