Big Rimu Track

Big Rimu Track


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Marios Gavalas

Author And Researcher

Nau mai, haere mai

Nau mai, haere mai

I'm Marios, delivering the best of Aotearoa's nature walks to your device.

I've personally walked hundreds of New Zealand's tracks and spent months in libraries uncovering interesting information on New Zealand/Aotearoa. And you'll find a slice of that research on this page - enjoy!


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2.2 km return | 1 hour return

A 1,000 year old rimu. And big.


From the centre of Karamea follow Umere Road 7 km (unsealed for the last 1 km) to the signposted start of the track.

The carpark is on the opposite side of the road.


The firm track climbs gently through regenerating forest to a large rimu tree at the track end.

There are interpretation signs on some of the forest plants.


The tree is 36 metres high and 2 meters in diameter.

European History

Rimu Dacrydium cupressinum was used as the preferred timber for many European constructions. Some houses had rimu sub floor and frames, rimu rafter, lining, cladding, sarking, joinery, flooring, windows and doors. It has a rich red tone, straight grain, is weather resistant and structurally strong.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastKaramea


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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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