45 mins one way, dogs with a DOC permit only.
Kaitoke Hot Springs Track is a popular easy walk following the edge of the Kaitoke Swamp to sulphurous hot springs.
Continue on the Peach Tree Track to Mt Hobson (Hirakimata).
Starting from Whangaparapara Road, the journey to the springs begins flat and easy – very friendly for push-chairs.
The path follows an ancient shoreline traversing the Kaitoke wetlands and regenerating kānuka forest.
You may hear the call of a fernbird or spotless crake. Orchids and sun dews flower close to the track.
Forty-five minutes later, the track reaches the hot pools, dammed at a fork in Kaitoke Creek and surrounded by the delicate umbrella fern.
The main pool is warm to tepid year round, further upstream there are separate rock pools for those who like it a bit hotter.
Public toilets situated just before you reach the springs.
Photos: Craig Sugden
Information courtesy of the Department of Conservation.
Detailed information including current alerts available on the DOC website.