This is the more common route used to reach Koaunui Hut. From the Lions Education Centre walk up the Ngutuoha Stream until you reach the marked turnoff that climbs steeply up "The Wall" Track to reach Tawai Ridge. At the track junction, continue south to reach the Koaunui Hut turnoff.
These tracks are located in the Waimana Valley at the north end of Te Urewera National Park. The Bell Road turnoff from State Highway 2 is one of the main access routes to this part of the park. The road travels about 30 km up the valley to the Matahi Valley Road end. Caution is advised as most of this road is unsealed, narrow and windy.
Time: 3 - 4 hrs.