Eastern Tracks

(ET1)  (click on images to enlarge)
Tanekaha Falls Track: This track originates from the carpark signposted at 300 King Road (off Cove Road).  From the carpark follow the signs over a stile and on to the little swing bridge. The track follows a small stream rising and falling gently to the first waterfall with two rest stops along the way.  From here there are some steeper climbs and several stream crossings on stepping stones to reach the second waterfall which can be viewed from the comfort of an attractive bench seat.

The track continues to the top of the Falls followed by some challenging climbs to the remains of a Kauri dam.  Once again you follow the stream before climbing steeply up to the Brynderwyn ridge.  Before leaving the stream on the final climb a short side-track leads to a further waterfall and seat.  Beautiful forest, clear sparkling stream, pools and waterfalls make this an outstanding walk.
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Puriri Track: The new Puriri Track is part of the Tanekaha complex just off King Road, Mangawhai. The Puriri Track branches off the Falls Track just before the first waterfall and is well signposted. The track follows the old unformed road up a side stream for a few hundred metres before climbing above the valley. It roughly follows the contour, rising and falling to re‑join the Falls Track about 100 metres below the kauri dam.
The track passes two spectacular puriri trees estimated to be over 1,000 years old, provides a wonderful distant view of the waterfalls and dives in and out of several beautiful forest glades. A Puriri/Falls Track loop is expected to be one of the most popular walks in Mangawhai with a short side trip to the kauri dam.
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Clifftop Walk: Perhaps Mangawhai’s best known walk, begin at the surf beach carpark and walk up the beach for about 15 minutes before heading up the signposted ridge to the lookout, a steady climb.  The track then rambles along the clifftop with magnificent views of the coast and islands. There is an option to branch off to the left after about 45 minutes onto the Missing Link, part of the Te Araroa Trail, down to Cove Road. Continuing along the cliff, however, will take you back down to the beach for the return journey.  

The beach section is tide dependent and low tide is essential to avoid wet feet!  The alternative is to return the way you came for completely new coastal views.
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Tanekaha Forest Track: This track begins at the carpark at 300 King Road (off Cove Road). Follow the signs over the style to the little swing bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right to cross the small stream and begin the climb up to the Brynderwyn ridge.  The lower sections pass through stands of Tanekaha trees while at higher elevations large mature Kanuka is typical.  Nikau, Puriri, Totara and many sub‑canopy species are seen along the way.  Partway up the ridge a viewpoint is worth a brief rest before continuing to the trig and spectacular views across the Mangawhai hinterland.

The climb requires reasonable fitness and will take about an hour from the bridge.
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Goldschmidt Track: Beginning at the Mangawhai Heads surf beach carpark this track climbs to magnificent views from the ridgetop above the beach.  It then descends and crosses a private development road before a steep stepped climb to outstanding views of the estuary and sand spit. Descending again it crosses a further private development road and climbs to follow a subdivisional road down to a boardwalk and across a wetland before the steep final climb to Cullen Road.  Return the same way or via Wintle Street to the carpark. ET4 Goldschmidt-952

Tanekaha Loop Track: This track combines the Tanekaha Falls Track, Langsview Track and Tanekaha Forest Track in a loop from the carpark at 300 King Road.  We suggest you begin with the Falls Track which is quite challenging on its upper sections, followed by Langsview Track passing east along the Brynderwyn ridge.  Do not pass through the kissing gate but continue on to the trig and the Tanekaha Forest Track descending back to the little swing bridge.  The walk will take about 5 hours at a leisurely pace but has some challenging sections. A beautiful walk combining streams, waterfalls, Kauri dam remains, forest and spectacular views. ET5 Tanekaha Loop-416

Mangawhai Walkway: This 5km Mangawhai Walkway traverses across beaches, clifftops, farmlands and bush areas. You may be able to enjoy views of Bream Head all the way down to the Hauraki Gulf.

More information is available on the Department of Conservation’s Website
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Northern Tracks

North Central Tracks

Western Tracks

South Central Tracks

Eastern Tracks

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