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Introduction

The track was developed with wheelbarrows, picks and shovels as early as 1910. Both ends of the track pass through some 3 km of farmland before entering the forest, which contains good stands of tawa, kamahi and rimu.

Track overview

18 km one way

Walking and tramping

8 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Seasonal restrictions

The track is closed from 1 August to 31 October each year for the lambing season.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

Moki stock tunnel, Moki Track. Photo: Tim Weston.
Moki stock tunnel, Moki Track

Access to the western end of the track is from the north side of Moki Road/Waitara River bridge.

The eastern end of the track starts at the end of the formed Moki Road, south of the airstrip on farmland.

Gates should be left as found and stock undisturbed.

The track goes through Makino Conservation Area, generally following the south bank of the upper Waitara River.                  

The track began as a surveyed road alignment that was to be developed to service the rehabilitation farms of soldiers after the First World War.

Three farms were established in the valley; the remains of two homesteads can be seen along the eastern end of the track. Land that was cleared is now regenerating.

The track follows generally easy grades and is levelled along most of its 18 km length. This work was done with wheelbarrows, picks and shovels as early as 1910. The terrain is rough and suspension bridges cross five of the deeper chasms. Both ends of the track pass through some 3 km of farmland before entering the forest, which contains good stands of tawa, kamahi and rimu.  

A return trip is necessary, unless prior transport arrangements have been made.

Getting there

This track is located 65 km north of New Plymouth via Uruti Road.  It links the eastern and western ends of the unformed Moki Road.

More detailed information about the area can be found on map NZTopo50 sheet BH31.

Mountain biking

This Grade 4+ track offers a rugged ride through farmland and some of Taranaki’s most wild and remote conservation areas.

During winter and after heavy rain the track can be extremely boggy and unrideable - be prepared to carry your bike!

Combined with the Rerekapa Track, these two tracks offer a full day 45 km loop trip for experienced riders.

Know before you go

  • Keep to the track.
  • Get local advice on track and weather conditions before setting out.
  • Take warm clothes, including hat and gloves and waterproof raincoat.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Contacts

Ngāmotu / New Plymouth Office
Phone:      +64 6 759 0350
Email:   newplymouth@doc.govt.nz
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