Up to 15 km
4 – 8 hours
Up to 4 hours

Hilly, rough farm tracks. Mountain bike up to 4 hours.

Information for this trail was last updated June 2024

Haurata High Country Walks offers several hilly farm and bush walks within a range of altitude from 300m to 922m, mainly on Aerial and Haurata Stations. There are spectacular bluffs, waterfalls, bush remnants, and expansive views. Haurata High Country Walks are situated on private land.

Dogs on a lead are allowed.

Contact Jane Tombleson

History of the trail

Warwick and Jane Tombleson have been farming Aerial Station since 1982, and Warwick earlier than that. In 2007, they bought part of Haurata Station. For Jane, sharing this amazing landscape with visitors is something she has always enjoyed doing and Haurata High Country Walks developed from this. There are trail markers for three walks over the farms, each walk having interesting features, including the significant Ngatapa Maunga where Ringatu leader Te Kooti had his last stand against the English Constabulary and Ropata, before he escaped over the cliffs and into Te Urewera in 1869.

Tips & Logistics

Situated between Gisborne and Ōpōtiki, Haurata is around 65 km from Gisborne city and 24 km south of Matawai village. Farm Stay Accommodation is provided at Haurata Station, 13 kms up Makaretu Road from the SH2 turnoff.