Itinerary S12

Waiotemarama Waterfall, Hauturu High Point Track, Labyrinth Woodworks and Maze

This trip starts at Opononi.

Travel West on SH12, through Omapere and up Pakia hill. At the top pause for a moment to get a view up the Harbour. Looking over Omapere and Opononi up to Koutu and across the Harbour the sentinel mountains of the Panguru range.

Continue over the hill and look for signs to Waiotemarama Gorge. The road leads off to you left. Turn and follow the road about 3 km to the Labyrinth Woodworks. Just beyond that is a small parking space with signs indicating the walkway to the waterfall.

The first part is an easy walk through native bush to a delightful waterfall where in summer you can cool off in the pool below the waterfall. Continuing on beyond the waterfall there is a longer walk to summit of the hill above. Read more >>

On your return, call in at the Labyrinth Woodworks craft shop, where you will find the most amazing collection of brain teasing puzzles, many of them originals designed by Louis on the site. Try not getting lost in the Maze! Read more >>

You can return the way you came, or you can continue up Waiotemarama Gorge road and then to Pakanae and return to Opononi via SH12.

At the start of the twentieth century the present road over Pakia Hill did not exist and Waiotemarama Gorge Road was the main road between Waimamaku and the Hokianga.