25 April 2014

Waihaha - new track

Waihaha Valley
Last summer we discovered a new walking and biking track.  It starts from the bridge over the Waihaha River on State Highway 32 (Western Taupo) and runs via the lower valley to the end of Waihaha Road. It can be biked from either end - and return - saving on car relocation. It can also be walked from either end (the bridge end is best going down to a good lookout spot above the Tieke Falls and returning to your car) or A to B using car relocation or car key swaps. The track is very well graded and, for much, wide enough to walk side by side. The half from the SH 32 bridge down is the prettiest with bush, clear water and gorge to view. Take water as you are mainly well above the river.

Tieke Falls




We did it first from the bridge to the road end with children, having lunch at the lookout. The second time we did an out and back from the bridge, having lunch at the same spot. On both trips we met cyclists but there were no problems and plenty of room to pass. We are thinking of cycling it too. Inserted are some photos of our  trips.


Lower Waihaha not far from bridge

Catherine, Margaret and BLS

And if you feel a little more adventurous consider the track above the Waihaha bridge - it is a 3h walk into the Waihaha hut where you are in amongst mature podocarp forest. You'll have been through all sorts of native vegetation and seen some good views of the Waihaha valley.  Another good day trip.  It can be varied by returning via the Maungatu valley - a waterfall, not so much easy walking and lots of river crossings - but good chances to see Whio, the native blue duck, thanks to the pest control from DoC. The main track up the Waihaha can be cycled but is narrower and not so bike friendly.