South Fork Track
Image: Brian Dobbie ©

Introduction

These tracks all start from Kaiaraara Hut, a short distance from the end of Kaiaraara Bay Road, near Port FitzRoy.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various: 30 min - 4 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.
  • Pest free
    Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

About this track

Description

Bush's Beach Track

Time: 30 min one way

Beginning at Kaiaraara Hut, this track is part of the old riding track from Port FitzRoy to the Wairahi Valley. The boardwalk was built to protect kauri from kauri dieback disease.

Kiwiriki Track

Time: 4 hr one way

This track continues on from Bush's Beach Track.

It follows the same original riding track to a junction with Line W Track (30 minutes), then descends and crosses Coffin's Creek travelling through lowland forest remnants of pūriri, nīkau, kohekohe and concentrations of kōwhai and pōhutukawa on the coast.

The track climbs steadily and follows the dividing ridge before veering right and dropping steeply to the valley floor and sign-posted junction (1 hour 30 minutes), leading to a 15-minute walk to the head of Kiwiriki Bay.

The main track crosses Kiwiriki Stream and climbs through the valley and central ridge to meet Forest Road at Maungapiko (1 hour 30 minutes).

Line W Track

Time: 1 hr one way

This track branches off Kiwiriki Track to join directly with Forest Road, enabling a much shorter round trip from, and back to, the Kaiaraara Hut, without having to go to Maungapiko.

South Fork Track

Time: 3 hr one way

Beginning 1 km south of Kaiaraara Hut, South Fork Track follows an old bridle track to Mt Heale Hut and Mt Heale. It crosses the stream twice then climbs steadily to a swing bridge on the way to the central ridge. It travels through regenerating forest with excellent examples of tutu.

Warning: There is approx. 500 m at the first stream crossing at the Forest Road end of the track where you need to follow the orange marker posts up to the central ridge, climbing out of the stream.

Kaiaraara Hut.

Kaiaraara Hut

Category: Serviced
Facilities: 28 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings required

Getting there

From Port FitzRoy, follow Kaiaraara Bay Road to its end. A short walk leads to Kaiaraara Hut and the start of these tracks.

Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shed 19
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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