From the car park on Waiomu Valley Road, 15 min north of Thames, the walking track follows a formed road for 600 m before entering bush. After 25 min, a short sidetrack leads to the old Monowai Gold mine battery site.
Further up the main track the forest becomes more luxuriant and diverse, part of the Waiomu Ecological Area. A 10-min climb further up the ridge takes you to a stand of mature kauri. Many say it is one of the best walks in NZ.
For more information contact the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.