Introduction

The giant kauri in the Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary were protected from logging in 1951. This short loop track leads you through a stand of mature kauri.

Track overview

700 m loop

Walking and tramping

30 min Easy: Walking 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.

About this track

Description

The ‘Hokianga Tree’, New Zealand’s sixth largest kauri tree. Image: Catherine Tudhope.
The ‘Hokianga Tree’, New Zealand’s sixth largest kauri tree

The Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Walk is a loop track that leads you through a stand of large majestic mature kauri. 

You can go on a longer loop walk by carrying on from the 'Hokianga Tree', the sixth largest kauri tree in the country, along the Pukekohe Stream Track and back to Sanctuary Road.

While in the area, you might like to stop off and walk for a couple of minutes to view the giant kauri stump on the Kauri Stump Walk.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 733 steps. 

Getting there

The Omahuta Forest is easily accessible from the Hokianga Harbour and the Bay of Islands.

You can reach the Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary from State Highway 1, signposted a few kilometres south of Mangamuka Bridge. Turn onto Omahuta Road, and then turn right on to Omahuta Sanctuary Road. This road is narrow, winding, and unsealed. It can be driven, with care, by two-wheeled drive vehicles.

The Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Walk is signposted from the carpark at the end of Omahuta Sanctuary Road.

Nature and conservation

Logging of the giant kauri in this six-hectare sanctuary was stopped in 1951; the trees have been protected ever since.

The Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary is home to the 'Ngapuhi Tree', ranked in the top 20 kauri trees of New Zealand.

Know before you go

  • No fires due to risks to wildlife
  • Carry warm, waterproof clothing, and food and drink, even on short walks. Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.
  • Before leaving for your walk, make sure your vehicle is locked and any valuables out of sight.

Contacts

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
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