Starting at the end of Pirau Road, the Walnut Track is a short, steep track, which follows a ridge down through part of beautiful Puketi Forest to the Waipapa River where it meets up with the Waipapa River Track. You will see many stunning kauri trees along the way.
The Walnut Track drops quite steeply down to the Waipapa River and takes much longer on the return journey.
Pirau Road is 10 km long, closed to traffic but open to walkers and mountain bikers.
10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 2,133 steps.
Puketi Forest is signposted from SH10 south of Kaeo and north of Waipapa; it can also be reached from SH1, north of Okaihau.
Travel along Waiare Road (if coming from SH10; or along Puketi Road if coming from SH1). Turn into the Puketi Forest Headquarters and Recreation area. Pirau Ridge Road starts at the far end of the camping ground.
The Walnut Track starts at the far end of Pirau Ridge Road.
Know before you go
- No fires due to risks to wildlife.
- Pirau and Mokau Ridge Roads are closed to vehicles; they are suitable for walkers and mountain bikers.
Safety and security
- This track involves river crossings. If rain is forecast, do not attempt the track as the Waipapa River is subject to flash flooding.
- Take care when you leave SH1 and SH10 as you'll be travelling on unsealed roads.
- Carry warm, waterproof clothing, and food and drink, even on short walks. Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.
- You may wish to boil water from the streams before drinking.
- For longer tramps NZTopo50 maps are essential.
- Leaving your vehicle at road-ends overnight is not advisable due to the risk of theft.