From the Oamaru Hut the track follows the true left bank of the Oamaru River to Waitawhero Stream. The track crosses the Oamaru and follows the Waitawhero Stream to a saddle. At this point the track emerges at the forest edge of the upper Ngaruroro. Across the valley the Boyd Airstrip can be seen. (Boyd Lodge is obscured by beech forest).
Plan and Prepare
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip. Before starting out, trampers should check the weather forecast and track conditions -Tongariro National Park weather is extremely changeable all year round. Be prepared for bad weather at all times.
Time: 4-5 hrs.