Waipiata - Kokonga

Waipiata to Kokonga   Distance: 10.5 km

  • The 97m long and 6m high Taieri River Rail Bridge is the only crossing of the Taieri River on the Rail Trail.
  • One of the only “freedom camping areas” on the trail (no running water available). No fires.
  • Catch a trout for tea from the banks of the Taieri River.
  • Read the display boards about the naturally formed Lake Taieri which was drained in the 1940’s.
  • Observe the pitted volcanic rocks blown from the extinct Flat Cap Volcano beside the trail.
  • The Waipiata to Kokonga Road runs parallel to the Rail Trail at one point and physically crosses the Trail further down the line, known locally as Carey’s Crossing.
  • Further along is the town of Kokonga with a small settlement of houses below the trail.
  • The Gangers shed at Kokonga can be accessed with public access from State Highway 87 (sign-posted Rail Trail Road).
  • The Kokonga Railway Station and Goods Shed have been removed but the concrete sided platform still remains.
Lake Taieri

The naturally formed Lake Taieri which was drained in the 1940’s.


Carey’s Crossing

The Waipiata to Kokonga Road runs parallel to the Rail Trail at one point and physically crosses the Trail further down the line.


Taieri River Rail Bridge

The 97m long and 6m high Taieri River Rail Bridge is the only crossing of the Taieri River on the Rail Trail.


Extinct Flat Cap Volcano

Observe the pitted volcanic rocks blown from the extinct Flat Cap Volcano beside the trail.


The Rail Trail Guide Book

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