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    Totara stream road, Piropiro, Pureora

    Hi all,
    Can anyone clarify how far along Totara Stream Road you can drive?
    When I used to hunt there over 20 years ago you could drive a car to the quarry at Totara stream, but on current maps it looks like it isn't a road anymore! Maybe a bridge/crossing has washed out?
    I was thinking of heading back down to check out some of my old spots, but the maps suggest I'll have to do more walking than 20 years ago when I was a lot fitter...

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    You can drive as far as the car park for the southern end of the kete track. They have put bollards in to stop you going any further , just wide enough for a quad

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    Thanks for the reply, but I'm still in the dark as I don't know where the carport and start of the track is. Looking on Google sat etc it looks like maybe the carpark is where I used to drive to, just before the track crosses Totara stream and starts to climb.
    Is the carpark a few km (about 3) from the flats, or much closer?

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    I'm a bit like yourself there @Cigar, hav'nt hunted down that way for 20 years.
    Sounds like things have changed alot access wise.
    Definatly would consider taking a bicycle there now to cover some ground quicker getting the hunting zone.

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    If you look on Google maps follow totara stream road until the marked route finishes. Keep following the road in satellite view until you see a sharp turn and clearing where the road turns south. This is far as you can drive a car and where the bollards are.

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    @Cigar pm sent @trapperjohn yep the timber trail has wiped out some good spots (angels rest zigzag etc) but it has made it easier to access south of the maramataha

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    Thanks guys.
    It sounds like the carpark is where I used to park, which is where earlier maps had the road ending. No bollards in those days, but you needed a decent 4WD to go any further as the approach and departure angles were pretty steep crossing the stream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty View Post
    @Cigar pm sent @trapperjohn yep the timber trail has wiped out some good spots (angels rest zigzag etc) but it has made it easier to access south of the maramataha
    Hmmm, Maramataha- south was where I preferred to hunt, Did'nt get thrashed so much. Nice country. Will go back some day soon and have another look(with bicycle).
    cheers for update

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    Quote Originally Posted by trapperjohn View Post
    Hmmm, Maramataha- south was where I preferred to hunt, Did'nt get thrashed so much. Nice country. Will go back some day soon and have another look(with bicycle).
    cheers for update
    and i think it still doesnt get thrashed ....most who go down there still think they will get something riding a quad round the forestry roads......... and then go away saying "there aint no deer here".... they are there just gotta get away from the forestry roads a bike is a good option for accessing the old horse track , carols , forbes crossing etc

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    Cool, Ill be off to trademe looking to see what I rig up as bicycle, Never saw the thrill in looking for deer and pigs from the road either.

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    I really need to get down there for a look, itís way closer to home than the ruahines where I normally go.


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    Yep, carpark is where I used to park, just before the Totara stream crossing. On the trip in the road seemed steeper and rougher than I remembered, but less so on the way out!
    More of a sightseeing trip than hunting, but a reasonable amount of sign, some really nice bush. Only deer we saw was one someone had shot yesterday, met the hunter and his wife later and had a good chat.

 

 

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