Head south along the track from Te Panaa Hut and climb over a long spur and along an undulating ridge for 8km to reach Taurawharona Hut (6 bunks). From Taurawharona Hut you can continue 2-4 hours down the Waikare River heading north-west to Otanetea Hut and towards the Whakatane River. There is also a track from the hut heading south that meets the Paetawa Track and eventually the Six Foot Track. From here you can continue south to meet farm tracks on Maungapohatu Farm. There is an access road into here (the Maungapohatu Access Road) but there is a locked gate located at grid reference 673 820 (W17 - Urewera, NZMS 260).
Time: 3-5 hrs.
Most of the land below the Mangaone Stream and in the Otapukawa Stream is private and users are asked to respect this.