The Puketawa Track & Slip Track are located in the Central Plateau of the North Island, New Zealand. We are on the edge of the Tongariro National Park & look west to the Whanganui National Park. The track begins at the Pakihi Road end of Dillons Road, which is a driveway at 386 Pakihi Road, half way between Ohakune & Raetihi – just 8km from either town. Please park you vehicle on Pakihi Road before beginning your walk down Dillons Road.
From Ohakune: Take the Raetihi-Ohakune Road. After 2 kms, turn left into Lakes Road. Continue on the sealed road for 5.9kms (don’t drive straight onto Kopurutuku Rd!). Lakes Road will become Pakihi Road. At 386 Pakihi Rd you’ll see the sign for Dillon’s Rd. The track begins at Dillon’s Rd. Park your car safely on Pakihi Rd. Please don’t block any gateways & park your car as far off to the side of Pakihi Rd as possible.
From Raetihi: Take the main road to Ohakune. Follow this road for about 4kms until you come to Pakihi Rd (NOT Ngapakihi Rd, which comes before Pakihi Rd). At 386 Pakihi Rd you’ll see the sign for Dillon’s Rd. The track begins at Dillon’s Rd. Park your car safely on Pakihi Rd. Please don’t block any gateways & park your car as far off to the side of Pakihi Rd as possible.
The Visitor Centres at both Ohakune & Raetihi
– four hours drive from central Wellington,
– 1 & 3/4 hours drive south from Taupo
– 2 & 3/4 hours drive south from Rotorua
– 5 hours drive south from Auckland
Walkers undertake this trek at their own risk. A reasonable level of fitness is required. The track is uneven, steep & slippery in parts. No camping, fires or dogs (without talking to Michélé first.)
The trek is owned & operated by Michélé O’Sullivan & her husband, Ralph Berry.
If you can do the Tongariro Crossing you can do this!
CONTACT: Michélé O’Sullivan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +64 6 3853328 Cellphone: 021211332
Hey well done on this great experience. I am really looking forward to telling others about it Cheers Jenny
What an awesome walk this was, well worh the time