From the grass area at the foot of the Lower Nihotupu Dam, the Parau Track ascends to the water tank on the flat-topped ridge, then follows a bulldozed track for 50m. From here the track bears right up a very steep, deeply rutted track to the ridge top. It then follows the ridge a short distance before descending steeply to cross the Kakamatua Stream. The track then ascends through pines and continues over gently undulating terrain and across a small stream to the Nihotupu Ridge Track. The track continues a short distance along the ridge then branches right to descend to the swing bridge and Huia Dam Road. A short branch on the right leads to the top of the dam.
Parau Track details
What to expect
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Tramping tracks will:
Consist of formed and drained surfaces.
Be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
Have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.