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Iron Gates Gorge via Ōroua River

Time: 4-5 hrs | Fitness Level: moderate

Discover the beauty of the Iron Gates Gorge.


You will need about 4-5 hours for this memorable tramp, but it is worth it! This includes time for a couple of meal breaks and viewing of the stunning gorge. Your trip begins at the Table Flat car park (same place as the start of the Alice Nash Memorial Lodge walk), and you will follow the track down over farmland and into the Ruahine Forest Park. 

Before reaching Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge, you will see a signpost where you need to turn left and follow a track down to the Oroua River. At the river, turn left and make your way down, crossing the river several times. Tramping experience is essential and the tramp is only possible when the Oroua River is at low to medium levels, as you will need to cross the river about 3-4 times before reaching The Iron Gates Gorge. It is possible to swim through the Gates when the river is low – only for experienced swimmers – but flippers would be of help as the current is strong. Once you have enjoyed the amazing rocks and the scenery, head back up the river, cross it and head for The Stoat Trap’s track. This will take you back to the track which leads to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge.

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