details Fish & Game access points to Mohaka River. These will
soon be shown on the Mohaka River Fishery Hawke's Bay Region access
A poled public walking route to the Mohaka
River starts at the end of Taharua Road which is accessed
off SH5 near Rangitaiki. The land adjacent to the track is
privately owned and should not be crossed. It is a 10km walk
from the car park to the Mohaka River via the Taharua River.
The alternative is to fly into one of the private airstrips
or the Department of Conservation (DOC) helicopter pad at
Oamaru hut. The Oamaru and Kaipo Rivers meet at this point
to form the Mohaka River. The public access continues downstream
of the confluence for approximately one kilometre on the true
left bank. See the Fish
& Game access map. Please observe the conditions of
use including no dogs, firearms, fires or littering, staying
on the poled route.
Blue Gums or Hotsprings
DOC Kaweka Forest Park. Drive via Puketitiri,
Pakaututu and Makahu Roads to the Blue Gums / Hotsprings Road
end. The Te Puia hut track provides good walking access to
the upper reaches, including the Makino River. The hut is
approximately 3 hours walk from the car park (camping is permitted).
This gives good access to the Mohaka River
at this point. A strip of public land on the true left bank
leads downstream to the Ripia River confluence and up the
true right bank of that river for approximately 10km.
McVicars Road Bridge
Turn onto McVicars Road from SH5 on the
Taupo side of the river. About 3km along this road you will
reach the McVicars Road Bridge. A strip of public land on
the true right bank provides access, both upstream and downstream,
from this point.
Approximately 1km from SH5 a metal vehicle
track leads off to the left and down to the river.
Glenfalls Recreation Reserve
Good access and camping is available at
this DOC reserve alongside Waitara Road (6kms from SH5).
Jock Sutton Road
This Panpac Forestry road leads off Waitara
Road and provides public access to the Mohaka River opposite
the Waipunga River junction. Camping is allowed on the riverbank.
The road can be closed for forestry operations or at times
of high fire risk. Please drive with lights on for safety
reasons. No open fires permitted.
Glenfalls Forest (Auroa
Off Waitara Road, this Panpac Forestry
road provides public access to about 5km of river. A number
of grassed sites are available for camping. Take care with
the ford over the small creek which is normally passable in
a car. This road can also be closed for the same reasons as
(7) above. Please drive with lights on for safety reasons.
No open fires permitted.
Te Hoe Junction
The site is accessible from both SH5 via
Waitara Road and SH2 via Pohokura Road (Tutira Store turnoff).
The end of Pohokura Road passes down through Waitere Station
to opposite the Mohaka River junction with the Te Hoe River.
Cross the Mohaka with considerable care. Permits are required
from Carter Holt Forests (06-835 6390 or 025 770 815) to access
the Te Hoe River.
Willowflat Road Bridge
Turn off SH2 just south of Kotemaori. Access
to the river is possible from the road bridge.
This forestry road leads steeply down to
the river and in wet conditions is only accessible by 4WD
vehicle. Turn off SH2 at Raupunga on to Putere Road and Patawahine
Road is approximately 10lkm on the left.
A parking and picnic area on the true right
bank provides access to a short stretch of river.
Approximately 1km north of the SH2 bridge,
an unnamed gravel road on the right leads down to the Mohaka
River. It is possible to park close to the edge of the water
and fish about 1km of river. Not a well recognised spot but
worth a go.
Mohaka Township Road
This road provides access to the river
mouth and the road bridge 1km upstream from the mouth. Not
a traditional trout fishing spot but does have some good sea
run fish, particularly late in the whitebait season (November).
The road to Tataraakina Station and the
Waipunga River turns off SH 5 about 5km south of the Tarawera
Tavern. Because of the incised nature of the river channel
and thick bank vegetation, only about 1km of river is fishable
from this point.
The access track to the hotsprings and
adjacent river heads north from the Tarawera Tavern car park.
Please leave gates as you find them. Approximately 2km of
river is reasonably accessible from this point.
SH2 follows the river which can be accessed
from a number of points. Note that these points are adjacent
to SH2 and considerable care should be exercised when parking
in this area.
Turn right onto Pohukura Road after passing
the Waipunga Falls lookout area when traveling from Napier.
Then turn onto Waipunga Road. Above the falls, the river supports
only brown trout. An access permit is needed from Fletcher
Challenge Forests Visitor Centre (Rotorua) (ph: 07 346 2082).