The Matemateaonga Track along with the Mangapurua Track is one of the two major tramping opportunities available in Whanganui National Park. Using an old Maori trail and settlers’ dray road, you are able to penetrate deep into the wilderness of the park. The track traverses an expanse of thick bush clad hill country between Taranaki and the Whanganui River. The walk follows the original Whakaihuwaka Road built in 1911 to create a more direct link between Stratford and Raetihi and the Main Trunk Railway. A pilot track was first cut along the range. This track was to be widened to a more substantial road, but with the outbreak of World War I, the work was abandoned. The original Whakaihuwaka Road was hewn from papa and remains reasonably intact. The 42 km track is usually tramped in three to five days. Transport by jet boat must be arranged either to pick up or drop off your party at the river end of the track.
|Doc Track Info: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/manawatu-whanganui/whanganui/matemateaonga-track/|
|DoC Track Brochure: Click here to view|
|Tramper website track info: http://tramper.co.nz/?260|