Access: Three kilometres N along SH2 from the end of the Masterton bypass, the Mikimiki road branches L. This road leads a further 7 km into the hills. Leave farm gates as you find them. At the Tararua Forest Park sign, do not follow the road that drops down R; the correct road runs almost level.
Overview: The Mikimiki road-end is undeveloped apart from a turning area at the old mill site. From here there is a graded walking track to the Kiriwhakapapa, as well as BN routes to the Blue Range and mid-Waingawa.
The track up-valley leaves the road-end turning area to follow almost level through a gate, then continues on the TR for 15 minutes, when a swing-bridge crosses the W branch of Mikimiki Stream at the forks.
There are two main branches to the Mikimiki, but only up the north branch has the old logging track been further developed. It leads to the Kiriwhakapapa and is described under that valley (see 3.1).
The logging track up the W branch begins about 30 metres beyond the swing-bridge. The ground formation is clear enough but may be lost at the stream crossings where the bridges have now all gone. [revised October 2018]
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