Kaimanawa Road

Short Walks & Bike Rides from Kaimanawa Road

Kaimanawa Road turns off State Highway 1, 15 km south of Turangi towards Kaimanawa Forest Park.

Pillars of Hercules Lookout
This spectacular ravine can be viewed from a 40 m long suspension bridge beside the car park.

Pillars of Hercules to Urchin Camping Area - 1.5 km
Time: 30 minutes one way
From the Pillars of Hercules car park this pleasant dual-use track wends its way up to the Urchin campground through kamahi and beech forest with the occasional totara. It’s generally well graded but there are a couple of short steeper sections.

Kaimanawa Forest Loop Walk - 1.1 km
Time: 20 minutes
Starts and finishes beside the Urchin Camping Area, 3 km along Kaimanawa Road. This is an easy loop walk through beautiful forest dominated by red beech.

Tree Trunk Gorge

Tree Trunk Gorge Track - 4.6 km
Time: 1 hour one way
This combined walking / mountain bike track can be accessed from either the Urchin Camping Area off Kaimanawa Road or from Tree Trunk Gorge Road. Either way it is generally well graded as it follows the line of an old road associated with the Tongariro Power Scheme. Red beech surrounds the track for most of the way but close to the Tree Trunk Gorge end an open ridge provides good views out to Tongariro National Park.

There are several small streams to cross and one larger one 15 minutes from the southern exit/entrance. Most are fairly easy to negotiate unless there has been recent heavy rain. This is a dual-use track; mountain bikers must watch for and be considerate of pedestrians.


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