Packhorse route into the Kaituna Goldfield, and beyond to the scenic Whanganui Inlet. Most walkers turn back at Kaituna Forks.
The Kaituna Track is a day walk 15km form Collingwood. Take the road to Bainham and turn down Carters Road. An old packhorse track from the road end leads to the old Kaituna gold workings after 20 minutes. The goldfield opened in 1859, but little gold was discovered here. Most walkers turn back here or at the Kaituna Forks for a 2 hour return trip.
From Kaituna Forks, a rough marked route heads toward Knuckle Hill. Amongst pakihi at the foot of Knuckle Hill, the track meets a logging road and follows it out through forest to Dry Road.
- Carters Road to Kaituna Goldfield: 20 min
- Kaituna Goldfield to Kaituna Forks: 40 min
- Kaituna Forks to Whanganui Inlet: 5-6 hours
Easy walking to Kaituna Forks. Kaituna Forks to Whanganui Inlet is a route with flood hazards. Grades explained
8 hr – 9 hr
|From||Carters Road end, southwest of Collingwood|
|To||Dry Road, Whanganui Inlet|