Time: 15 min return
Distance: 640 m
Of all the Aongatete walking tracks, this loop trail is relatively short. Walking along this track will guide you through a lowland forest area. Very pleasant and peaceful.
Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 2.2 km
Follow the well-marked Loop Track until you find yourself at a junction. The Long Loop track continues straight ahead. A turn left will guide you down a more gentle, well-graded walk through the peaceful bush-land. You will emerge near the car park after about an hours walk. Cross over the stile and make your way down the paddock to the car park.
Time: 3 hr 30 m loop
Distance: 6.4 km
People will find this track a little more difficult. It includes short but moderately steep sections and the need to cross streams.
Follow the Loop Tracks path where you will come to a junction with the Short Loop, continue straight ahead. Following the path through the bush, you will come to cross a small stream and begin following beside another. The path then rounds a corner and begins to head back towards the road. Continue through the bush until you meet another junction with the Short Loop Track. Take the path to the right, which guides you from the forest to the top of a paddock. Cross the stile and walk down to the car park.
Time: 30 min one way
Distance: 475 m
The Aongatete River and swimming hole may be accessed from this track. This track begins from the western side of the lodge and may be slippery in damp/wet conditions. A left branch off this track, about 15 minutes down, leads to some wonderfully attractive swimming holes and is well worth exploring.
Alternative route to the North South Track (tramping track)
The Aongatete Link Track reaches a junction with the North South Track. This is about an hours walk or so from the lodge. From here, longer walks to Thompsons Track or Wairere Falls are possible.
The Aongatete tracks begin at the carpark at the end of Wright Road, off SH 2 between Tauranga and Katikati, The carpark is situated near the Aongatete Outdoor Education Lodge. Park in the car park before the gate to the lodge and walk up the road to the lodge.
Location: End of Wright Rd, Aongatete. 36km out from Tauranga, roughly 35 minute drive. Map below.
Length of walk: As stated above, below each walk.
Time Required: Depends on which walk you wish to explore. Times are stated above under each walking track.
Difficulty: Medium to Hard (As you continue on the very long walks)
Wheelchair Access: No
Will you get wet: Yes, if crossing the river (Unless you can jump from rock to rock)
Dogs Allowed: No
Track Quality: Is pretty good, expect the usual type of bush track.