Kitekite Track is a great introduction to the majestic nature of the Waitakere Ranges. From its beginning at the car park, Kitekite Track follows the Glen Esk Stream up to the fantastic Kitekite Falls (a great spot for cooling off during the summer months - pack a towel!). Though it has a few hill sections, overall the track should be achievable by most people and even has a few seats along the way to allow you to take a breather. The track surface is mostly gravel and level with few roots to trip you up, making it a great run if you are camping at the Piha campground. The level and wide lower section also makes for a great night walk, provided you take a torch. There are numerous glow worms on the stream banks and with luck you may spot an eel or two. A section of the track also combines with the Byers Walk to form a great short loop telling the story of the valley and its flora and fauna.
Kitekite Track details
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||Yes. Yes, if you are feeling adventurous. Please note that the surface is gravel, there are minimal passing opportunities and there are some steep drops off the side of the track in places.
||Yes. The track is wide with a gravel surface and is suitable for off road pram's until the point where the track splits to follow either side of the Glen Esk Stream. The track on the true right (north side) of the stream is not suitable for prams. The track on the true left (south side) ascends up hill and it may be tough going (but not impossible) from this point.
An easy, level gravel track from the carpark at the end of Glen Esk Road, the track follows Glen Esk Stream then forks. The track branched right, ascends steep spur, edges around the valley slopes (offering good views), and descends steps to the foot of Kitekite Falls. The track branching left crosses the stream then climbs steeply up kauri covered spur with steps to the foot of the falls.
What to expect
Walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.
Walking tracks will:
Have easy to moderate grades with mostly compacted and drained surfaces.
Be well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Walking tracks may:
Have steps on excessively steep areas.
Have timber boardwalks and bridges over permanent wet areas and waterways.
Have seats and maintained views at areas of interest.
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.