Altitude: 141m to 630m. Gain: 604m. Loss: 198m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
The Whakanui track leaves the Orongorongo on the west bank of the confluence with Whakanui Creek, and is signposted at the bushedge. The track is a broad, well cut, well maintained tramping track, and is benched for much of its length.
The track climbs steadily to pt497 through mature forest, after which the gradient lessens and the track meanders with the ridgeline, climbing slowly. The junction shown on maps with a track to pt711 does not exist on the ground, the track sidling the west face is the only one present. Vegetation becomes sparser here, and there are occasional clear spots with views to the west.
The areas to the west of the track is a 'kiwi-zone' and dogs, etc are prohibited within it, but are permitted on the track - on a lead or 'kiwi-safe'.
The track hits the escarpment looking down over tghe Wainuiomata River and township, and swings sharply west. Shortly after, a signpost marks the turnoff of the McKerrow track back to the Orongorongo. This track appears much rougher than the Whakanui - a standard tramping track.