Aongatete is blessed with an abundance of differing landscape, and a number of tracks through varying bush. A well-planned walk can be an adventure for young and old and a discovery of what Nature has to offer.
Always follow the Outdoor Safety Code when you go for bush walks. Plan your trip, Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, tell someone where you are going, be aware of the weather and that it can change rapidly, know your limits and be sure you have sufficient supplies in your pack ie food, water, warm clothing (even on a sunny day) , first aid kit, and means of communications. Keep in mind that you may not have mobile reception on many parts of the Aongatete tracks.
- Nature Trail: A 20 minute walk through easy terrain following a track with signs about the areas Natural Habitat. This track is ideal for any other nature study activities.
- Short Loop: A 1 hour walk through intermediate terrain, this track is a B grade and is about 2.2km long. Load a QR reader onto your phone so you can use the interactive bird identification signs on the top part of the track. Make copies of our Aongatete Activity booklet and discover what nature has to offer on your way.
- Long Loop: A 3 hr walk with challenging parts and river crossings. A C grade track about 6.5 km long. A good challenge and a great walk experiencing different landscapes of the Kaimai Mamaku Forrest Park. Take copies of our Aongatete Activity Booklets on this walk to enhance your sense of discovery.
- Swimming Hole Track/River Crossing towards North/South Track: a 30 minute one-way walk to the river. Follow the track to the swimming hole or to the North/South track river crossing. Swim, have a picnic, play in the water, build rock sculptures or race twig boats… but do take care, rivers can be dangerous.
- Upland Road Track: The Upland Road track begins at the end of Upland Road Car Park and is an easy C grade. It takes about 2 1/2 – 3 hours to reach AOEC and is about 5km long and includes a river crossing and can be slippery and wet in places.
- Wairere Falls (8 hrs one way): Several schools start their AOEC camp by walking in from the Wairere Falls. This is about an 8 hour back country track that can be challenging but worth while. Be sure you are well prepared for this track.