The 15 km Herekino Forest Track passes through forest that is home to many rare and threatened species including the North Island brown kiwi, long-tailed bat and kauri snail.

Track overview

15 km

Walking and tramping

9 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

  • 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.

About this track


On the Herekino Forest Track. Photo: Angelika Cawte.
Trampers on the Herekino Forest Track pass through a magnificent stand of mature kauri

The first part of the track is a quite steep climb through a mature broadleaf/podocarp forest. Along the track, you will encounter magnificent kauri stands.

Early in the morning, on a clear day, you can get beautiful views of the Aupouri Peninsula, Karikari, Doubtless bay and Rangaunu Harbour.

Getting there

Herekino Forest is located south-east of Kaitaia.

You can access the track from Awaroa Road, at the Herekino Gorge summit, known as Te Arai. Alternative access is from Veza Rd Takahue.

Location map

Map showing the location of the Herekino Forest Track.

History and culture

At the entrance of the walking track stand a pouwhenua with its six guardian pou. These were erected by local iwi Te Rarawa, as the kaitiaki (guardians) of the forest. The pou signify the importance and the good spirit of the track.

The track was opened in April 2003, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Conservation Minister Chris Carter. It forms part of the the Te Araroa Trail. The trail connects places such as Herekino and Te Arai, which are rich in the history and the character of the people who have lived there for generations.

Know before you go

  • Trampers need to be fit and self sufficient.
  • Carry water as streams along the way can dry up over summer.
  • Take insect repellent and food.

Related link

For more information on the Herekino Forest Tracks check out the Te Araroa website.


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Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
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