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12 Te Kuiti
Inscribed on the cairn is the explanation of how the centre of the North Island was found. At first it seems like a blague, but after consideration, the method was quite ingenious. You’ll have to visit to find out how it was done. We’re not telling.
11.5 km from Pureora Field Centre along Link Road (9.2 km from Kakaho Road), the Centre of the North Island is signposted along Waimonoa Road.
After 3.0 km there is another sign on the left and the start of the track is shortly after.
Link Road has many branches coming off it. Most are forestry roads with locked gates, but Link Road has enough signage to reassure you that you’re not being led to the middle of nowhere.
An even metalled track weaves through the forest to a cairn at the centre of the North Island.
North Island ▷ Waikato ▷ Te Kuiti
Road from forest headquarters was ok for the first 8 or 9 km but then deteriorated into 4 wd road only. Some big wheel ruts would have ordinary road cars bottoming out. At centre of North Island sign, a gentle walk through a nice area of forest about 8 mins brings you to the plaque. Back on the road, if you continue on it will take you to the main road that connects Turangi and Tokoroa.
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 😍