New Zealand Walk: Two trails at Te Puia Hot Springs

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Makahu Road to Te Puia Hut (Lodge)

Time: two to three hours. From the end of Makahu Road a track leads up the true right of the Mo­haka River to Te Puia Hut.

Te Puia Hut is in a ser­viced cat­e­gory with 26 bunk beds, cook­ing, heat­ing, and mat­tresses.

Book­ings not re­quired - first come, first served Above: The trail be­side the Mo­haka River. Two peo­ple can be seen near the mid­dle.

Te Puia Hut (Lodge) to Man­gatain­oka Hot Springs

Time: 45 min­utes. From Te Puia Hut the track con­tin­ues up river, past the turnoff to Makino Hut, and crosses a bridge over the Makino River just above its con­flu­ence with the Mo­haka River.

The track then con­tin­ues along­side the Mo­haka, through na­tive bush with some rolling ter­rain. Steep drop-offs in some sec­tions lend nice views of the sur­round­ing foothills. There is a fi­nal steep de­scent to reach the hot springs.

At the hot springs, on a small manuka ter­race be­side the Mo­haka River, there are two fi­bre­glass baths sur­rounded by a deck­ing area.

The Man­gatain­oka Hot Springs Camp­site is ad­ja­cent to the pools.

If you wish to travel up the river from the hot springs, be aware this is pri­vate land and prior per­mis­sion from the landowner is re­quired. Get­ting there From Napier, fol­low Puketi­tiri Road for 40 km, then turn into Pakau­tutu Road. Fol­low this for 9 km then turn into Makahu Road and fol­low this for a fur­ther 10 km to the end.

The trip in­volves about a one hour drive of travel on un­sealed gravel roads, as well as a river ford on Makahu Road 7.5 km from the road end.

Take care when driv­ing through the ford as heavy rain and snow melt can af­fect the wa­ter level.

The road is nar­row, and may be slip­pery when wet. Check with Hast­ings District Coun­cil (ex­ter­nal site) for tem­po­rary road clo­sures.

Makahu Road is not suit­able for car­a­vans or camper­vans.

Wasp pop­u­la­tions may in­crease in the warmer months – wear light-coloured cloth­ing and carry ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­ca­tion.

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