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The Arcus Loop, Fenceline Loop and Waiotauru Walk are easy short walks around Otaki Forks, ranging from 40 minutes to 2 hours return.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

40 min – 2 hr depending on route Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Arcus Loop

Time: 50 min return

The Arcus Loop commemorates the Arcus family who farmed the Otaki Forks locality from the 1930s. The walk begins on Boielle Flat and crosses the Waiotauru River footbridge, then works its way across the river terraces and gullies as it climbs to join the Field Track. There are good views of the campground and river.

Fenceline Loop

Time: 1 hr 30 min - 2 hr

The Fenceline Loop passes through regenerating forest above the campground and gives some good views of the Waiotauru Valley. The track crosses a slip 10 minutes from the carpark, care should be taken in this area.

Waiotauru Walk

Time: 40 min return

The Waiotauru Walk is an easy walk from the Waiotauru carpark up-valley to the site and relics of Seed and O’Brien’s sawmill.

Getting there

Otaki Forks is 19 km inland from Otaki township – approx. 1 hr 30 min drive from Wellington or Palmerston North. The easiest turnoff from SH1 is at Otaki Gorge Road, just south of the SH1 bridge over the Otaki River. The last 5 km of the Otaki Gorge Road is unsealed, narrow and windy – drive carefully.


Pōneke / Wellington Office
Phone:      +64 4 470 8412
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Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:      +64 6 377 0700
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