The first ten minutes of this track heads to the picnic area at the foot of the Karekare Falls. This area is popular with weddings and tourist groups; however, it is also a great place to escape the sun during a day at the beach. As popular as it is mid week and out of season it is also possible to get the whole place to yourself. Past the falls it is worth heading on up the ridge and combining with a loop walk back down La Trobe track as the track passes through one of the largest groves of taraire in the Waitakere Ranges.
Taraire Track details
From the main carpark you will need to follow the road south up the hill for about 120m. 100m past the bridge, the track entrance is on the left-hand side of the road (looking uphill). The track leads to a picnic area at the foot of Karekare Falls (5 minutes); and from here climbs steeply to spur alongside Opal Pool Stream. It then crossed the saddle and Company Stream for the final ascent to La Trobe Track.
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.