While living in lock down in Carterton and with restrictions now moved to Level 3, we are trying to explore as much as we are able to get out of the house and keep the feeling of exploration and adventure alive.
We drove north of Carterton and entered the Tararua Forest Park on the Kiriwhakapapa Road, meandering along on the gravel alongside hundreds of sheep and beautiful autumnal colours glowing in the sunlight. After a spot of lunch, we spent a delightful afternoon on the Kiriwhakapapa Loop (say that ten times fast!) underneath the redwoods growing tall and majestic.
The loop trail is flat and easy to enjoy, with a slight elevation in one section. The trail connects with the longer Blue Range track (one we intend to come back and do!).
KIRIWHAKAPAPA LOOP HIKE DETAILS
Where: Tararua Forest Park, about 15 minutes north of Masterton
Length: 30-40 minutes on the 1km loop with minimal elevation
Directions: the trail starts at the end of Kiriwhakapapa Road, just north of Masterton. Follow signs for the loop track; it can be hiked in either direction.
Bathrooms: yes, at the car park
Public Transit: no