Beautiful native forest and gold-mining relics are the main attractions of the Kaituna Valley. To walk the whole track takes 8-9 hours, or there are shorter walks from 20 minutes to 2 hours. The rich forest and mild climate allow a wide range of birds to flourish: kereru (the New Zealand pigeon), tui, fantail, tomtit, bush robin, rifleman, silvereye and bellbird. Magnificent trees of northern rata, pukatea and rimu tower over a sub-canopy of nikau palms, heketara, wineberry, kamahi, and mahoe. Relax after your walk with a meal and drink from the nearby The Naked Possum Cafe.