Adventure based activities offered through the Waihoanga Centre
Welcome to the Waihōanga 'Wild Things' Forest Ropes Course. It is in this magical forest we invite you to hop into your adventurous wild side and enjoy the delights, discomfort and exhilaration of stepping out of your everyday moments into a new breathtaking experience. The ropes course is found up in the Waihōanga Pine forest at the Centre for Well-being and is a magnificent location to share fun and adventure with your friends, family and/or work members. The Otaki River is only a short bush walk away so you can cool off after your days activities. Please Click Here For Full Information
There are some beautiful walks at Waihoanga which are sign posted and you can take yourself through leading you through the forest and down to the Otaki River.
Edible Educational Wild Weed Walk
We are also can arrange a 2 hour Wild Weeds and Medicinal/ Edible herbs educational walk. This is a fantastic educational walk which is offered by Ali Sutherland who has many years experience with herbs and their medicinal and edible qualities. We fully recommend this walk as a group activity which caters to most physical abilities.
Waihoanga can arrange a two hour indoor or outdoor team building session for your group . The price will be confirmed when the booking takes place and your needs and requirements are specified.
Other activities the Waihoanga Retreat Centre can organise for you on request:
Adventure Based Activities
Rock Climbing/ Abseiling
Treasures of the gorge (Orienteering based treasure hunt)
Giant Tree Swing
Nature Based Activities
Other Independent Activities in the Area Include:
Kapiti Island Nature Trips
Swimming in the Otaki River and beautiful surrounding beaches
(The beach is only 15 minutes from the Waihoanga Retreat Centre)
Arts and Crafts Trail
Shopping at The Outlet Shops in Otaki
Walks in the Tararua Park area
The Waihoanga Retreat Centre is approx. 15 minutes from the Tararua National Park, consisting of many beautiful walking tracks both in and around the park. To get to the Otaki Forks from the centre, you travel back over the swing bridge and turn left onto Otaki Gorge Road. The last 5km of the gorge road is unsealed, narrow and windy – please drive carefully.
Otaki Forks is 19 km inland from Otaki Township – approx. 1½ hour drive from Wellington or Palmerston North. The easiest turn-off from State Highway 1 is at Otaki Gorge Road, just south of the State Highway 1 Bridge over the Otaki River. The last 5 km of the Otaki Gorge Road is unsealed, narrow and windy – please drive carefully.
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Otaki Forks short walks
The Arcus Loop commemorates the Arcus family who farmed the Otaki Forks locality from the 1930’s. The walk begins on Boielle Flat and crosses the Waiotauru River footbridge, then works its way across the river terraces and gullies as it climbs to join the Field Track, taking 50 min return. There are good views of the campground and river.
The Fenceline Loop is a 1.5 – 2 hour return trip that passes through regenerating forest above the campground and gives some good views of the Waiotauru Valley. The track crosses a slip 10 minutes from the carpark, care should be taken in this area.
The Waiotauru Walk is an easy 40 min return walk from the Waiotauru carpark up-valley to the site and relics of Seed and O’Brien’s sawmill.
Otaki Gorge walks
There are a number of short tracks that descend from Otaki Gorge Road into the gorge, giving access for picnicking, swimming, fishing and water sports:
- Just below the Waihoanga Bridge there is a vehicle track that leads down to a swimming hole. Just above the Waihoanga Bridge the Bridgeview Track leads down to the river.
- Just above Pukehinau Stream the PEP (Project Employment Programme) Track leads down to the river.
- Past Shields Flat a vehicle track leads down to the river and a private bridge.
- There are other tracks leading down to the river: past the big slip and just below the Otaki Forks