Major Jones to Red Hut Bridge Walk, Turangi
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Location: End of Koura Street, Turangi (There are multiple entrances to this walk)
Parking: Yes, on Koura Street
Toilets: Yes, at Red Hut bridge car park (long drop)
Dogs: Yes, on or off lead
Shoes: Sneakers, dry track in excellent condition
Date Walked: 5 January 2017
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Cool
Distance: Approx. 11km
Time Required: 2 hours
Final Rating: ★★★★★
As i was staying on Taupahi road, the entrance on Koura Street was easily accessible for me. if you are driving to this walk, this would also be a good entrance point for you as there is a car park at the end of the road. This entrance is right beside the Major Jones bridge, allowing you to go clockwise or anticlockwise to the Red Hut bridge.
IN MY BACKPACK
I took one 1.5 L bottle, my camera and a snack bar. No rain jacket was needed as it was a lovely sunny day.
This walk is a real must do if you’re around Turangi. The track is reasonably flat with only a couple of short up hill sections. Be aware of mountain bikers on the track, although they must give way to walkers, sometimes it is hard to hear them coming from behind.
I started the walk at the Major Jones bridge entrance and headed right. You follow the river bank and then veer off into the bush. The majority of this walk you are walking in dense bush, however for a section you are walking beside SH1. This can be a bit busy, so if you have a dog make sure they are back on the lead for this section.
At the Red Hut bridge car park, there is a toilet and some information on the bridge and river. After crossing the Red Hut bridge, if you come off the track to the left you can go down to a little beach. This is great, as the dogs were able to go for a bit of a dip before finishing the last half of the track.
Heading back from the Red Hut bridge, you walk through more bush and then along the fence line of a farm, and then back to the bush before making it back to the Major Jones bridge.
Overall, I would highly recommend this walk. It is very peaceful and you get to see some beautiful sites.The swing bridges and paths are in great condition. Most of the walk is covered by the overhead trees, so this walk would still be very enjoyable in the rain and on the hottest of days.