Haurata Walks

Long walks


Green Walk | Red Walk | Blue Walk | Guided Walk

The terrain is very much big hill country making the walks reasonably challenging therefore the fitness level needs to be good. Some of the walking is on bulldozed tracks and parts are on narrow sheep tracks on the side of steep hills. Small bogs and creeks have to be walked through. Each walk has a small area of bush so you get the idea of what the land was like before the settlers arrived in the 1910s and 20s.
Cell phone coverage can be received on Telecom mobiles from mid to high hills. The retreat is ‘home base’ - no need to carry luggage, just a day pack.
Note: Red and Blue Walks are closed from the 30th August to the 30th October due to lambing. Green Walk is closed from the 30th August to Labour Weekend.

See our Booking/Rates page for walk prices.

Green Walk

WATERFALLS ADVENTURE – 10km (4-6 hours)

This is the most challenging of the three walks. Leaving the retreat and walking up to the high point above the woolshed (770m) then heading off down the hill to view 3 fascinating waterfalls at 300m above sea level. Opportunities to have a stop along the way for a rest or refreshing swim. Then following the river back to the retreat.

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Red Walk

TOP OF THE WORLD – 14.5km (4-6 hours)

Start out walking from 600 metres above sea level to some native QE11 bush then on to the Aerial Range 922 metres above sea level with views of Mt Hikurangi in the North, Gisborne and Young Nicks Head in the East. Panekiri Bluff in the West (Waikaremoana). Built on the Aerial range is a large telecom tower, the Maori’s call the range Matakitaki (observation point). This is where the East Coast plate is pushing on the Pacific plate creating the unique land structure. Soil types differing on either side of the range. See the remains of huge native trees burnt by out of control fires caused by farmers clearing land back in the 1920’s.

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Blue Walk

TE KOOTI'S RETREAT – 10km (3-5 hours)

Take a historic walk on Sam and Jill Charteris’s Hillview Station to the top of Ngatapa Mountain. The walk will take you past a disused oil rig site where in 1985 Petro Corp tried to drill for oil. They capped the hole and left as they didn’t have the right equipment to go deep enough (we think). In 1869 the Ringatu church leader Te Kooti took his people to the top of Ngatapa Mountain to a pa site. He was surrounded by the English constabulary and Ropata from the Ngati-Porou tribe before escaping over the cliffs into the Ureweras. See the hole in the ground where Ropata blew the pallistrades.

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Haurata Guided Walks

INTREPID HIKE

A walk for the intrepid. Venture down a very step bank to a large cave. Climb up beside all three waterfalls and follow Green Walk home.

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"Food, scenery, hospitality
& views wonderful."

We were made very welcome by Jane & Warwick, even to a cuppa out on the farm & back at the homested. The food was fantastic (put on weight), always on time & lots of it. The house was great, felt like our own home. The walks were a challenge but really interesting. Jane was great describing which to do when, given the weather conditions. This is the best walk of the 5 we have done. Are promoting Haurata to all our friends, not just the walk, but even to spend a few days there & enjoy the gardens & short walks.
Colin, Tauranga