North Central Tracks

(NCT1) (click on images to enlarge)
Mt Tutamoe: Northland’s second highest peak with views to match.

The lower part of this track climbs steadily before entering typical high rainfall Northland forest. The track becomes steadily steeper and the last 60m involves scrambling over rocks and tree roots. The track starts on the left side of Tangowahine Valley Road, about 6km from the Murray Road intersection. Return walk takes 5 hours. Hard

Further information on this track is available on the Department of Conservation’s website.
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Tokatoka:  An iconic landmark and the remains of an old volcano’s lava core.  This towering peak offers superb views. Turn onto Tokatoka Road at the Tokatoka Tavern, the walk starts about 1km further on the left.  A steep rough climb through native bush before a final rocky section to the top where there are 360 degree views over the Northern Wairoa River and district.  There is more room on top than there appears from the base and the walk is suitable for most reasonably fit people.  However, keep an eye on children on the summit.  The track is very slippery when wet. 40 minutes return. Medium.

More information on this walk is available on the Department of Conservation’s website.
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Maungaraho Rock:  Rising abruptly out of the surrounding countryside, Maungaraho Rock is a steep bushclad wall of rock.  A base track circles this impressive landmark.  The track gets up close to the base of the cliffs and includes areas of Puriri and Kohekohe bush.  

The Summit Track is now open and the climbing assistance devices have been improved.  30 minutes return to the Base Track.

Turn onto Mititai Road about 12km south of Dargaville. Base track 45 minutes. Medium
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Tangihua Forest Tracks: There are several walking tracks in the Tangihua Forest, ranging from an easy few minutes’ walk to a former Kauri logging dam site, to serious tramping along the main ridge.

The most popular walks begin at or near the Tangihua Lions Lodge and include the Nature Walk, Whakapono Track and Tumanako Track which all inter-connect and any two can make a relatively easy 2 hour loop through pleasant bush.

Whakapono and Tumanako Tracks can also be used to start the Horokaka track to the commanding point housing the communications tower.  Parts of this are rough, muddy and slippery and it is a much harder walk. Allow 4 hours return from the lodge to Horokaka. Easy/Medium (Whakapono and Tumanako) to hard (Horokaka).

NOTE. A locked gate at Omana Road means most walkers have to add an extra hour return to walk from the parking area to the lodge.  For information on booking the Tangihua Lions Lodge see their website. 

More information on these tracks is available on the Department of Conservation’s website: Horokaka TrackKauri Dam WalkMain Ridge TrackNorthern Tangihua TrackTangihua Forest Nature WalkTe Haua Uru TrackWhakapono and Tumanako tracks.
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Dargaville Historic River Walk:  Begins at the gum digger statue in Dargaville’s town centre and near the town wharf.  The route then follows the Northern Wairoa River to Harding Park, site of an historic pa, the Dargaville MuseumKaipara Vintage Machinery Club and the masts of the ill-fated Rainbow Warrior.  Also takes in early homes and cemetery.  There is a map of the route painted on the BNZ wall near the start. About 2 hours plus extra for visits to Museum. Easy NCT5 Dville River-206

Whenuanui Reserve: This is a pleasant loop walk through native forest.  The track is marked though not well-formed.  This means it can be muddy in wet weather, however many may find the walk more satisfying than the manicured tracks available in other areas.  The Whenuanui Reserve is located on Whenuanui Reserve Road which links Whitcombe and Robertson Roads with Rehia Road.  The walk takes about 30 minutes. Medium.  

Northern Tracks

North Central Tracks

Western Tracks

South Central Tracks

Eastern Tracks

Department of Conservation




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