Introduction

Take a 1 hour 30 minute return walk on the Kaitaia Walkway to a lovely kauri grove. For the hearty tramper, continue on as it climbs up to a saddle with panoramic views.

Track overview

4 km

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min Expert: Route

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.

About this track

Description

The track begins with an easy bush walk (Kaitaia Walkway - short walk) through broadleaf and podocarp forest along an old formed roadway. In summer, the lush forest canopy provides cooling shade.

After about 30 minutes you come to a junction:

  • A 20-minute return walk up a steep narrow track takes you to a stunning kauri grove. Strewn on the forest floor underneath the kauri are pieces of kauri bark and you can take a moment to study their amazing shapes and patterns.
  • A 15-minute return track takes you to a lookout point over the forest.

From here you can continue the Kaitaia Walkway on a route. The track climbs up to a saddle with a good lookout, and continues on to Veza Road.

Getting there

You can find the walkway entrance by travelling south from Kaitaia on SH 1 for about 3 km. Turn right onto Larmer Road and follow it to its end. The track is signposted.  

The exit of the walkway is at Veza Road, off Diggers Valley Road.Kaitaia Walkway track location map.

History and culture

The Kaitaia Walkway is a tribute to local ancestors. Dug by hand during the early part of the 20th century, it was originally planned as a road in from Kaitaia to Diggers Valley. The gentle grade, even over the saddle is a tribute to the ability of the early surveyors.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
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