Ernies Track starts from Waterline Road and descends through regenerating bush before following the western edge of the Mangatawhiri Dam. Continue through bush, across swamps, gullies and the Mangatawhiri River. The track then climbs steeply to follow the ridge, passing a disused manganese mine before descending to Piggotts Campground at Lilburne Road. Suitable for experienced trampers only. This track has a river crossing and can be dangerous after heavy rain in the upper catchment.
Ernies Track details
What to expect
Lightly cut marked or unmarked tracks, often steep. Streams and rivers may be unbridged. Boots are recommended. Suitable for fit, well equipped and experienced walkers.
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.