Lawrence Road to Lotkow Shelter...

Lawrence Road to Lotkow Shelter track

Kaweka Forest Park


Time: 2-3 hr

Nearby, a swingbridge crosses the Tutaekuri River giving access to a park track that leads to the Lotkow road end. For day visitors there are two interesting options from here. Cross the bridge and follow the Lotkow Track, which sidles steeply at first, then gently uphill through kanuka forest.

After about 45 minutes the Mackintosh Track turns off to the left and 5 minutes along this track is an open, rocky knoll, an excellent vantage point with views across the Mackintosh Plateau and up the Donald River to the peaks of the main Kaweka Range.

For an alternative route back from Lotkow Road to the Lawrence Shelter, follow the Mackintosh Track, which drops steeply off the ridge for 10 minutes and then descends steadily to the Donald River for 20 minutes.

Follow the Donald River downstream for an hour, to where it joins the Tutaekuri River, about 5 minutes upriver from the Lawrence swingbridge. The walk along the Donald River is unmarked, but access along manuka terraces is not difficult.


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayNapier


  • Walking
  • Free



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