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Daly's Clearing Hut Loop


Daly's Clearing Hut Loop

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Grade 3

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi

Duration: 4 - 5 Hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - End of Franklin Road carpark, Waikino

Cost: Donation requested

The start of the track is about 11 km from Waihi. Track starts from the end of Franklin Road, off Waitawheta Road from SH2 near Waikino. Take care as this is private property. 

We start our walk using the Deans Track, through some farmland. The track then follows a spur up through bush to meet the Mangakino Pack Track. A highlight along this track is the extensive groves of nīkau nestled under tall tawa, kohekohe and pukatea forest. Turn south until you reach the junction with the Daly’s Clearing Track. Daly’s Clearing Hut is about 15 minutes along this track, above the Romanga Stream. Daly’s Clearing Hut has been repainted in vibrant colours by community volunteers. This is half way and we will be stopping here for our lunch break.

After passing the hut, the track drops gradually to meet the Waitawheta Valley Tramway. From here, head north again to return to Franklin Road. We have a quick hop across Romanga Stream on our way back, walking downhill and some steps, we also walk alongside the Waitawheta river to the carpark.

Please note this loop walk distance is approx 9km, with an elevation gain of approx 278 metres.

Medium to high level of fitness is required to be able to keep up with the group. Track experience preferred.

Please bring suitable walking shoes, walking poles recommended, jacket and food for our lunch break at Daly’s Clearing Hut.


  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Walking Poles (recommended)
  • Walking Shoes
  • Jacket

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own safety equipment, food, water, clothing and vehicles.

The Festival is a non-profit event which relies heavily on volunteers, and donations to help pay for the organisation and promotion of the month-long event.

Any contribution received towards ECHO is greatly appreciated and helps to ensure the success and continuation of the festival.

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