Northern Tracks

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Giant Kauri walks in Waipoua Forest: A number of walks including Tane MahutaTe Matua Ngahere and Four SistersYakas Tree are located close together and signposted from State Highway 12.  Five minutes to awe-inspiring Tane Mahuta, about 40 minutes return to almost equally impressive Te Matua Ngahere or 80 minutes return to visit the very large Yakas Kauri and Cathedral Grove.  All these walks are on well‑constructed tracks. These tracks are graded as Easy.

More information on this walk is available on the Department of Conservation’s website: Tane MahutaTe Matua NgahereFour SistersYakas Tree.
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Lookout Track Waipoua: 

This route is closed until Labour Weekend 2017 due to wet surface conditions.

This track leaves the road to the former forest HQ, just before the information centre and café.  The track takes in Kauri forest and regenerating Manuka scrubland before arriving at a restored former forestry fire lookout with commanding views over the forest. 2 to 2.5 hours return.  Parts are rough and look as though they get muddy however many may find the walk more satisfying than the manicured tracks around the big trees.  Good footwear and reasonable fitness are needed. Medium.

There is road access to the lookout so it is not necessary to walk. Cycling via the access road is also possible. 

More information on this track is available on the Department of Conservation’s website.
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Trounson Park Loop: 

Trounson Kauri Park is a 586 hectare reserve featuring an impressive stand of Kauri trees.  An intensive pest management programme has contributed to the reserve’s pristine condition and flourishing native wildlife, including a healthy population of kiwi.  A very easy walking circuit is maintained through this superb mainland island reserve.  A chance to get a real feeling of what Northland’s Kauri forests were once like.  40 minutes to 1 hour. This track is graded as Easy.

Further information on this track is available on the Department of Conservation’s website.
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Aranga Station Road: Aranga Station Road is a little trafficked, unsealed public road which for much of its length is built on the formation of the former Donnelly’s Crossing Railway.  Evidence of the former railway can still be seen along the route.  The road also runs close to the Waima River for much of its length.  
Because this is a public road, it is possible to do this route on horseback, bicycle, on foot or in a vehicle.

Safety Note: Aranga Station Road is a public road.  Be cautious of and respectful to motorists.  

This route is considered best started from near Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park on Trounson Park Road.  Go as far as you like.  One hour each way takes in the best views.  This road is graded as Easy.
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Waoku Coach Road: The Waoku Coach Road was the historic access from the Northern Wairoa region to the Hokianga before the Waipoua Forest road opened.

It is 23km from the end of Waoku Road at Tutamoe to Waima, with a slightly shorter alternative to Wekaweka Valley.  The track also connects with the more demanding Waima Main Range Track.

Apart from steady but easy climbs at each end the terrain is almost flat, despite being around 600m in altitude.  This pioneering route features native bush, prolific ferns and mosses, impressive hand‑built stone culverts and a failed post‑WWI farming settlement whimsically called "Honeymoon Clearing".  Be prepared for severe weather.  9 hours one-way to Waima. Medium. 

The northern section of the Waoku Coach Road Track, accessed from State Highway 12/Waoku Road (Waima) between Opononi and Kaikohe, is currently closed to public access due to logging operations in the adjacent Whakatere Forest. The logging will continue until the wet season, at which time the track will be reopened.

Please refer to map HERE.
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Donnelly's Gorge: Not an official track however a wonderful walk along the bank of the Waima River and up a steep‑sided gorge, along an old road formation closed as a result of damage by Cyclone Bola in 1988.  The closed road features bush, ferns and views of the stony river. 

Turn onto Old Mill Road in Donnelly's Crossing.  Start walking at the end of drivable road about 1km from the start of the road.  2.5 hours return.  Some muddy sections and watch youngsters near steep drops. Medium.
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Tutamoe Scenic Reserve: The Tutamoe Scenic Reserve can be found on Fosters Road in Tutamoe settlement, it features a very pleasant and easy bush walk alongside a stream to a waterfall which has access to the top however none to the base.  The bush features lots of moss.

The first half of the track follows the forestry road, which has orange pole markers to identify the route, before the track heads off into the bush

Do not be put off by the first 30m of long grass, as the rest of the track is flat, wide and well maintained.  The track starts just over the bridge at the end of Fosters Road (which includes driving through a cow-yard and two cattlestops). 30 minutes return.

Suggest making a round trip to get there by taking Marlborough Road from State Highway 12 to Tutamoe and returning by Kaikohe Road to include a stop at Trounson Park. Easy.
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Maunganui Bluff: Best started from Maunganui Bluff settlement, 6 km off State Highway 12 on Aranga Coast Road.

A well‑marked but occasionally rough track takes in wild coastal views and native bush before reaching the 460m summit with stunning views up and down the coast.  The summit was the site of a WWII radar station, the concrete foundations of which remain.

Summit and return 3 hours. Carry water. Medium. 
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Kai Iwi Lakes: A collection of mostly flat walks on or close to the shores circle two of these incredible fresh water dune lakes.  Still other tracks run through the sandhills that surround the lakes.  A high point behind Pine Beach gives panoramic views across the lakes to coast.  The tracks can be started or finished at several points, most of which are clearly marked.  Walk around Lake Taharoa 2 hours.  Walk around Lake Kai Iwi 45 minutes. Easy.

Note that camp ground facilities are also available.
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Kai Iwi Lakes to Maunganui Bluff: Starts from Kai Iwi Lakes Road about 300m beyond the Promenade Point Camp Ground toilets.

Over farmland to coast, then up beach to the base of towering Maunganui Bluff. Tall, colourful sandstone cliffs with outcrops of stratified lignite showing evidence of ancient forests line the beach.  Beach walking is best avoided near high tide. 4 hours return.  Easy. 
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