The fitter you are the more you will enjoy yourself, so a good level of fitness and strength is necessary.
Find out more about the walk and what is involved;
Day 1, Onepoto > Panekire Hut, 8.8 km
The first day is the most challenging part of the walk but the spectacular views from Panekire make it worth the effort.
The track itself begins from the Onepoto Shelter before climbing steadily to the Panekire Bluff. It then follows the ridgeline before reaching Panekire Trig (1,180 metres). Here, enchanting long-range scenic views across the lake to the misty forest-clad mountains await.
Shortly after the trig you'll arrive at Panekire Hut(opens in new window).
Day 2, Panekire Hut > Waiopaoa Hut, 7.6 km
From Panekire Hut, the track heads south-west to the top of the Panekire descent.
From here, the track drops off into rolling valleys of native forest. You’ll see rimu trees towering above the lower canopy of red beech. Rimu have drooping branches and long, prickly leaves.
Other native species that dominate the upper canopy include miro, tōtara, kahikatea, mataī, rātā, tawa and a range of tree ferns.
At the edge of the forest you'll come to the Waiopaoa Inlet, where the Waiopaoa Hut(opens in new window) is located.
Day 3, Waiopaoa Hut > Marauiti Hut, 12.1 km
This morning, follow the stream before crossing grassy flats and heading through forest and along the lake shore. Just before you come to a suspension bridge there's a turn off to the Korokoro Falls(opens in new window) - a must-see. The falls are a 30-minute walk up a side track and offer a beautiful place to stop and rest for a morning snack.
From here, the track winds its way up and over a number of small ridges and along the lake edge.
A short climb up the Whakaneke Ridge leads you to Marauiti Hut(opens in new window). At dusk, make sure you go for a walk to the end of the peninsula and listen for the call of the kiwi.
Day 4, Marauiti Hut > Hopuruahine, 14.2 km
After crossing a bridge over a stream you'll cross a saddle to rejoin the shore at Te Totara Bay.
From here, the track winds it's way along the lake shore. Stop for a refreshing swim mid-morning to cool down in summer.
Continue along river flats and up & over a small peninsula before reaching the water taxi pick up point.
From here, the track follows more river flats to reach the Hopuruahine Suspension Bridge & the track end.