Waiuku Forest, Otaua
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Location: We went up the sealed entrance off End of Wilson Rd S, Otaua 2682 – however there is also an entrance off of Ghezzie Road that is an unsealed road.
Parking: Plenty of parking at the end of the road. As the forest is also used for horse riding, there is plenty of room to park / turn trailers.
Toilets: Not that I could see, however I did not go to the end of the parking space.
Shoes: Normal shoes, or if you’re going off the track, hiking boots.
Date Walked: 07.01.2018
Weather Conditions: Sunny, hot
Distance: we only walked 2.2km into the forest, I talk about this more below
Time Required: anywhere from 30 minutes to the whole day
Final Rating: ★★★★★
From Pukekohe, head towards Waiuku and take the turn off towards Aka Aka follow the road to the intersection to turn left onto Hoods Landing Road. Then turn right onto Forestry Road – there is no sign on the sign post. Continue up Forestry Road until you get to a fork in the road, and turn to Wilson Road. Follow the road right up to the end and you will arrive at the carpark. Probably best to use Google Maps or similar to ensure you don’t miss any turn offs.
IN MY BACKPACK
As we had just come from the Lighthouse, I just had my water bottle. We were mainly planning on just checking the forest out to come back at a later date. You could easily spend a full day here.
Note: The gate opens at 7am, and closes at 6pm every day.
As I mentioned above, we only came here to see what it was like to come back later. The forest is beautiful, I managed to get a few photos from the 1km we walked into the forest.
The forest starts at a vehicle gate and pedestrian gate, and continues along a gravel road. From the road you can see various options of where you could walk, as you can see from where we walked, there are lots of roads you can go down as well as through the bush.
There is a map at the carpark that shows you how massive the forest is, there are loads of walking options including one that goes all the way to the beach.
While we were there, there was a group of horse riders and some other walkers. There are also mountain bike tracks in the forest, as well as some 4WD options I saw from looking at the website.
This is a great option to go for a peaceful stroll, or to take your dog for a nice long walk. I would highly recommend this track.