Aongatete walks and swimming holes

834 Wright Rd, Aongatete


Nature Trail Loop Track

Time: 15 min return
Distance: 640 m 

Walk up the lodge to the start of the loop tracks, located behind the ablution block. Follow the track up past a junction with the short 'nature trail' loop which branches to the right. Kids will enjoy this walk which takes in some large trees including puriri.

Short Loop Walk

Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 2.2 km 

Continue up the well-marked loop track until you reach a left-hand branch. The 'long loop' continues straight ahead. Turn left which will take around the 'short loop', a more gentle, well-graded walk. 

Aongatete River Link Track / Swimming holes

Time: 30 min one way
Distance: 475 m 

The Aongatete River may be accessed from a track which starts on the western side of the lodge and may be slippery in damp conditions. A left branch off this track, about 15 min down, leads to some attractive swimming holes and is worth exploring.

Alternative route to the North South Track (tramping track)

The Aongatete Link Track reaches a junction with the North South Track about 1 hour from the lodge. From here, longer walks to Thompsons Track or Wairere Falls are possible.

Aongatete Long Loop Walk

Time: 3 hr 30 m loop
Distance: 6.4 km 

This is a more difficult track including short, moderately steep sections and stream crossings.

Follow the Loop Tracks path to the junction with the Short Loop and continue straight ahead. Follow the path through the bush, crossing a small stream and following beside another one, before the path rounds a corner and begins to head back to the road. C

ontinue through bush until another junction with the Short Loop Track is reached. Take the path to the right, which emerges from the forest at the top of a paddock. Cross the stile and walk down to the car park.

Getting there

The Aongatete tracks start at the Aongatete Outdoor Education Lodge at the end of Wright Road, off SH2 between Tauranga and Katikati.

There is a carpark before the gate to the lodge and it is advisable to park here as the gate may be locked at any time.

Know before you go

You must be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on the longer day walks. Ensure you have strong, comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen.