Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
An easy 2 hour 3.2 km walk to the Kaituna Forks.
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Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Here's the start of the track.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
The track down to the left takes us to the old gold workings which were the original reason for the creation of this track. We'll visit them on the way back from the Kaituna Forks.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
One of the nicest views on the walk, this is just before the first seat.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
There seems to always be water trickling down here.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
See that second Nikau Palm tree trunk from the right..? Just up from its base is a bullet hole right through it. That's what happens to trees that cause trouble around here. The locals don't take any shit from trees.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
This is the Kaituna Forks and the end of our walk.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
When the water is clear and flowing gently (like it is in the photo above), it is safe to go down by the water and even swim - but be careful. There is an eel who lives in the pool below this one and Ginny and I know two people (Ginny was one of them) who have been bitten on the bum by this eel. Eels have needle sharp teeth that point backwards into their mouth - so, once they bite, they can't easily let go. Lots of blood and a scar to remember the eel by...

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
See that line of big rocks in the foreground that stretches across the river..? Just beyond them is where the bum-biting eel lives.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we'll head back down the track.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
The plant in the foreground is Pãhau Kãkãpõ - Dawsonia superba - the world's tallest moss. We don't see Dawsonia superba very often but there's a lot of it on this walk.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we'll check out the Old Gold Workings.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
There's a picnic table here - but it's not a very nice place for a picnic. It's probably here because it's a hard place to get a picnic table out of...

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Down by the Kaituna River, looking upstream.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking downstream...

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Rocks piled up long ago by men searching for gold.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
An old gold miner's tunnel. To think people used to work in there... The lust for gold is a powerful thing.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Heading back up to the Kaituna Track from the Old Gold Workings.

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park

Kaituna Track, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

KAITUNA TRACK - Kahurangi National Park
Back at the start of the track.