Te Werahi Stream
Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons

Introduction

The round-trip walk is 16 km in length and takes between 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours to complete. The track crosses farmlands and dunes.

Track overview

16 km loop

Walking and tramping

4 hr 30 min - 5 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

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    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
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About this track

Description

This loop track covers a range of landscapes and terrain. You first walk across paddocks for about 15 minutes. Once you step over a stile, you walk through manuka scrub and over sand dunes.

The track provides spectacular views of dunes, headlands and West Coast beaches.

To Werahi Beach

Time: 30 min one way
Distance: 2.5 km

To Twilight Beach

Time: 1 hr 15 min one way
Distance: 4 km

Twilight - Te Werahi Loop Track links up with the Twilight Beach to Te Paki Stream track heading south, the Te Werahi Beach to Twilight Beach track, and the Cape Reinga to Te Werahi Beach track, all of which form part of the Te Paki Coastal Track.

Getting there

Follow State Highway 1 north. From Te Paki onwards, follow Cape Reinga Road. Cape Reinga Road gets very busy over the summer months. Drive slowly and take extra caution.

You can access this track from the Te Werahi Gate car park on SH 1, signposted about 4.5 km south of Cape Reinga. 

From the gate, there is a well-graded walk to the coast, which connects with the Te Paki Coastal Track as part of the loop. A dry-weather access across the farm leads to the signpost marking the beginning of the track.

Nature and conservation

Te Werahi is a large freshwater wetland system, which has three raupō swamps linked by narrow sandy streams. It can be seen from the road to or from Cape Reinga.

Te Werahi is an important site for wetland birds such as Australasian bitterns/matuku, grey ducks, grey teals/tētē, New Zealand shovelers/kuruwhengi, pied stilts/poaka, pied shags and little shags.

Know before you go

  • Trampers need to be fit and self sufficient
  • Carry water as streams along way can dry up over summer.
  • Ensure your tent is mosquito proof
  • Bring insect repellent and food

Contacts

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