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Port Nicholson
Tararuas - Otaki Forks to Waikanae

New Zealand

Parambulators' September Outing - Organiser Noel Winsloe

This as a serious, fit walk, 1 way from Otaki Forks to Mangaone South and includes a big climb.

Date:                                       Sunday 20th September 2020

Track:                                      Pukeatua Track (part of Te Araroa walk)

Shuttle pick up at:                 Mangaone South Road, Waikanae, to transport to Otaki Forks start.

Shuttle pick up time:             8:00am  (allow plenty of time to get there as we will need to be on the road promptly)

Trampers:                               Shuttle can take 10 at total cost of $100 – will require a commitment from walkers by Sunday 13th to book shuttle – pay on day. If more than 10 then could use a private car to transfer to Otaki Forks (subject to willing driver)

Finish:                                    Mangaone South Road, where cars were parked

Distance:                               14km – estimated time of 5 hours from Otaki Forks – arriving 2:00pm at Waikanae

Description:                           From Schoolhouse Flat camp at Otaki Forks there is a steady climb of 700m to summit of Pukeatua Peak (812m) then a drop of 300m over 2km. Track then follows a mix of 4 wheel drive, pine forest and finishing with a stream crossing. A good level of fitness required as this is a one way walk and no opportunity to opt out by returning to start point.                                                                                                  


  • Sturdy tramping footwear required 
  • prepare for any weather eventuality by carrying quality outerwear and warm clothing 
  • pack lunch and snacks,
  • plenty of water, even a hot drink for the lunch break.

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