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.
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.