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Iron Gates Gorge via Ōroua River

Discover the beauty of the Iron Gates Gorge.

Iron Gate Hut tracks closed

The tracks between Alice Nash Heritage Lodge and Iron Gate Hut, and between Iron Gate Hut and the Table Flat to Kashmir Roadend crossing, are currently closed due to large, unstable slips.

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 Ōroua 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 Ōroua 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.


Key things to remember in the outdoors:

Stick to the trail and respect the environment by making sure the only thing you leave behind are footprints.

The weather can change in an instant. Make sure you plan ahead, take the right clothing and adequate food, water and supplies. Check out these  gear lists for walks and hikes.  

  • Tell a trusted person your plan and when to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Send them the information directly, or use  Plan My Walk.
  • Get an up-to-date weather report from the  Metservice website before setting off.
  • Follow the five essential steps of the Land Safety Code. 







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