The Puketawa Track & Slip Track are now temporarily CLOSED. They will re-open on the 16th September 2019. Sorry – but it’s just too wet & slippery at the moment!

The Puketawa Track  (2-2.5 hour return) &

Slip Track (1 – 1.25 hours return)

A Self-Guided Trek where few have been before!

Opened for the first time to visitors as a self-guided circuit from late November 2016.  

Situated between two New Zealand National Parks – Tongariro & Whanganui National Parks – this memorable experience begins halfway between the two Central North Island towns of Ohakune & Raetihi.  These seldom trodden tracks take you through a private, protected New Zealand podpcarp rainforest beginning at 386 Pakihi Road, Ohakune.  You’ll ascend from 540m to 760m, from where you’ll have stunning views of the Central Plateau of the North Island and across to Mount Ruapehu.

The tracks are owned & operated Michélé O’Sullivan & her husband, Ralph Berry.

 The route to the Maori Carving crosses neighbouring land.  If you wish to see the carving, which is 600m west of the Puketawa track, this section must be guided.  We usually need at least 24 hours notice, so book in advance if you do wish to see it..

 If you can do the Tongariro Crossing you can do this! Walkers undertake this track at entirely their own risk. No camping, fires or dogs (without talking to Michélé first.)

 CONTACT:  Michélé O’Sullivan   Email:   info@thepuketawatrack.nz     Phone:  +64 6 3853328 Cellphone: 021211332

What an awesome walk this was, well worh the time
Peter Townsend