Nature and conservation
Tangihua Forest is a distinctive, rugged landmark of the Whangarei/Dargaville area, covering 3,000 hectares of mainly podocarp broadleaf forest and some kauri.
History and culture
Long before Europeans settled the Wairoa Basin, the Parawhau hapu inhabited this area. The Parawhau, Uriroroi and Kuihi hapu of Ngapuhi are the kaitiaki (caretakers) of the cultural and spiritual integrity of this site. They have a strong affiliation to Ngatiwhatua.
Tangihua Forest is halfway between Whangarei on Northland’s east coast and Dargaville on the west coast.
Your best access into Tangihua Forest is from Omana, Omana Road. The Omana Road Tangihua access car park has parking for 15 cars.
You will need to walk 30 min along a formed road to the bush line. From here, it is another 15 min until you reach Lions Lodge
Know before you go
Dogs are strictly prohibited on the access road and within the forest unless by special permit.