Leyland O'Brien Tramline
End of Whakamarama Road
The walkway starts at the end of Whakamarama Road, north of Tauranga, off SH2, via Barrett Road. It is located in the south of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.
About the walk
2.5 hours one way, 6.3km
From the Whakamarama Road end, the track descends for 100m to the junction of the Leyland O’Brien Tramline and Ngamarama Tracks. Take the left track, which follows the old tramline beside the headwaters of the Ngamuwahine River.
This section is flat. After about 90 minutes the river is crossed and the tramline climbs slightly to the junction with the Ngamuwahine track. (It is 90 minutes to Ngamuwahine Road from here).
Leyland O’Brien Tramline Track continues southwest for a further 30 minutes to meet up with the North-South Track.
Either return the same way back to Whakamarama Road or follow the North South Track to the north and take the Ngamarama Track back to Whakamarama Road (this is a longer road trip)