How To Get There
The track northern end point is approximately five kilometers out of the main town,
Avarua. Travel east from the town and then turn left at a fork, and follow this road for four
past the Power Station to the start of the track. The southern end point is at Wigmore's Waterfall
only a couple of kms from the main circuit road around the island.
Tramping Time and Distances
Northern End Point to Te Rua Manga
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 1 km (approximately)
Te Rua Manga to Wigmore's Waterfall
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3 kms (approximately)
Grade: Medium, a strenuous climb at the start in either direction
It is advisable to complete this track from north to south as the
northern climb is the shortest yet the steepest. Also following the track is difficult at the
southern end, not a problem when descending, but may make a difficult start to an ascent.
Please note that the track passes through private land at various
points. From the northern end point, the track leads along a very pleasant grassy walkway
for ten minutes before entering into bush.
It is here that the climb to Te Rua Manga begins. The climb is steep
and trampers have to be careful when making their over tree roots.
After an hour from the start a junction is reached at a saddle. The track
to the right leads to the base of Te Rua Manga, approximately five minutes away.
From the base there are stunning views all around the island. Other peaks such as
Te Kou and Te Manga (the highest peak) can be clearly seen to the east. Also watch
out for a cockerel that lives nearby, surviving on the scraps provided by trampers!
Back at the junction two tracks lead to Wigmore's Waterfall, follow the one that headed
straight ahead as you climbed up from the northern starting point. This track leads steadily downward
sometimes through dense bush, sometimes in the open with more stunning views. After about an hour
the track starts to run along the true right of Papua Stream. There are many sidetracks
to the stream, always follow the track that runs parallel. This will eventually lead to the stream itself.
After approximately two hours, Wigmore's Waterfall and swimming hole is reached. The swimming
hole is most welcome after the hike across the island.
Please note that water, insect repellant and sun-block are absolute musts for this trip.