While the possibility of a deep connection with nature is always with us, the Be Guided offer focuses more on those not familiar with the Tararua Forest Park or hiking (tramping) in New Zealand to have an opportunity to access some of the beautiful Wairarapa forest and grow ones familiarity with and confidence in the Bush. The Tararua Forest Park is the largest in the North Island and all our trips depart from the Mount Holdsworth (Taratahi) entrance to the forest park, which is accessed by following Norfolk Road from SH 2, which then forks left onto Mount Holdsworth Road and ends at the forest park.
Choose from the upcoming day walks and longer overnight tramps below. Or request a tailored option for your group of up to six.
We will provide full details of what to bring with your registration confirmation. However for a bit of early preparation, for day walks you will be required to bring a rain coat and a small day pack or shoulder bag to carry your items. Sturdy footwear, no open toed shoes, wearing or bringing warm clothing layers is always a good idea, as is wearing either shorts (with or without thermals underneath), or quick dry long trousers. (Jeans in the NZ bush are not a good idea).
For overnight tramps you will need your own pack and sleeping bag along with the items listed above.
Day Hike. Atiwhakatu track. This beautiful track follows the river after walking through the forest of Donnelly’s flat. Depending on the groups interest and fitness the walk can be as far as the Atiwhakatu hut and back. BYO lunch and I’ll boil the billy for a cup of tea or coffee. Depending on the groups fitness and turn around point the day will be about 4-6 hours long.
Two days overnight Tramp – Holdsworth to Waiohine Road end. Staying at Totara Flats Hut. This two day tramp see’s us climbing to around 800m before descending along the ridge above Totara creek to the Totara Flats out. Day two follows the Waiohine river out to the road end car park and departure.
Each day involves about 5 hours walking and you will need to be comfortable walking across two swing bridges.
Live like the river flows is committed to the Seven principles of Leave No Trace NZ as the best practice for enjoying and conserving our environment.