Kiko Loop Track

Kaimanawa Forest Park

This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Highlights include stunning podocarp forest and impressive views of Lake Taupō.

The Kiko Loop Track is an easy 3.9km loop walking and biking track that will take you around 1.5 hours walking, or 45 minutes if you are biking.

The track begins 27 km north east of Turangi (turn off SH1 onto Kiko Road). Follow this road for 17 km to the carpark.

A feature of this track is the variety of forest in a relatively small area. The western side is a podocarp forest of matai, miro and rimu. To the north east the forest is red and silver beech and kamahi with an understorey of crown fern. Looking to the north west the bush was milled right up the track and is now regenerating.

In the distance is a view of Lake Taupō.

Along the eastern side of the loop you'll see trees banded with aluminium to protect a rare species of red mistletoe from browsing possums. Look out for the inquisitive North Island robin as you walk around the loop.

There is good hunting in the area, as well as access to the upper Tauranga-Taupo river for fishing.

Distance 3.9km
Bike time / walk time 45 minutes / 1 hour 30 minutes
Bike grade and physical rating Easy: Grade 2
Walk physical rating Easy
Direction Loop
Transport, bike hire & guides No
Dog access Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the Turangi DOC office to obtain a permit

Opening times

Business hours
Open every day. Free entry
Phone:
+64 7 384 7106
Email
turangi@doc.govt.nz
Physical address:
Kiko Road
Kaimanawa Forest Park
New Zealand