Time: 1 hr 15 min one way Distance: 5 km Type: Tramping Track
This walking track has an easy grade and is a beautiful cool retreat during the summer months. With mature tawa-podocarp forest, a lovely stream and swimming holes, and three impressive kauri trees that are growing at around their southern most limit.
On SH29, about 4km past the Kaimai Summit towards the Waikato side, a short gravel road on the left (not sign posted) leads to a parking area where the track begins. This area is an ecological reserve within the Kaimai - Mamaku Forest Park.
The first 600m is through a previously grazed area that is being revegetated using radiata pine and tree lucerne as nursery crops. The track enters a terrace of tawa forest then drops down to the Raparapu Stream which it then follows, before reaching a boardwalk at the base of the kauri trees. The largest tree measures 179cm in diameter 14m to the first branch. A view of the three big trees may be obtained from the rocks in the middle of the stream, just before climbing the boardwalk steps.
CAUTION : There are numerous stream crossings, so we advise against walking this track after heavy rain. Sturdy footwear should be worn.