Wilkies Pools Loop Track


The track begins from the car park 100m above the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre.

Walk through the Goblin Forest of twisted kamahi trunks hanging with ferns and mosses. Walk straight ahead past the turnoff to Waingongoro Hut. This junction is also where the return loop will bring you back later in the walk. Cross the Kapuni Stream. Take care here as the river bank may be eroded, making access difficult. There is no bridge across this stream.

Rock steps allow you to walk up beside the pools to the top but take care as it can be slippery. Return to the base of the pools to continue the walk. The rest of the loop leads through subalpine scrub and montane forest past Twin Falls and Bubbling Springs.

Walk past the road end’s water intake weir, cross the Kapuni Stream and turn left to return to the parking area.  

Contact Details

Physical Address

Manaia Rd, Kaponga