You can start the Kura Track from Whatipu and walk uphill to the road, or start at Whatipu Road and walk down to Whatipu. There is a place to park your car at either end.
From Whatipu, the track starts before you get to Whatipu Lodge. You'll see a stile and signs. The track begins by crossing farmland before entering the bush. The track then meanders through the bush alongside Whatipu stream which you will cross four times in quick succession, so be prepared to get your feet wet. The track continues uphill through the bush to meet Puriri Ridge Track. From there you can either walk out to Whatipu Road (5 mins) or continue along Puriri Ridge Track.
If you want to get back to Whatipu you can either walk back down the Kura Track or walk out to Whatipu Road and begin the Omanawanui Track which begins directly opposite the road. This is a popular day trip for many trampers. Though the direction you do the circuit is up to you, on a hot summer day it can be nice to take the Omanawanui Track up and use the more shaded Kura Track as a way to keep cool on the afternoon return to your car.
If you start Kura Track from the top at Whatipu Road, you need to take the Puriri Ridge Track for 5 mins to get to the Kura Track (not signposted from the road).
Kura 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.