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Introduction

Walk on a well-surfaced track to Cathedral Grove and then move on to experience the seventh largest kauri in Waipoua Forest, the 'Yakas' tree.

Track overview

1.7 km

Walking and tramping

40 min one way Easiest: Short walk

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

Kauri trees. Photo: Juliette Pallies.
Kauri trees

The walk leads you through kauri type vegetation for 35 minutes before you arrive at the Cathedral Grovea – a large group of kauri.

From Cathedral Grove, it is a further 2 minute walk to the Yakas tree.

You return to the car park the way you came.

Getting there

The Yakas Walk is sign posted 'Kauri Walks' from State Highway 12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest.

From the car park, you will see a sign for the three walks 'Yakas', 'Te Matua Ngahere', and 'Four Sisters'.

A track meanders through native bush and brings you to a central point from which you can access the three walks. From here, Yakas Walk is well sign posted and located directly on the left of this open space.

Nature and conservation

It is very important that you keep to the walking track at all times. Kauri trees have very sensitive surface roots, and foot traffic around the trees endangers their life span.

About Yakas kauri

Yakas kauri is the 7th largest kauri tree in New Zealand. Nicholas Yakas became witness to many marvels of the Waipoua Forest whilst he was a young man and hot in the pursuit of kauri gum. It wasn’t until 1966 when Yakas was asked if he knew of other kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest that were as big as or larger than Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere, that he decided to share some of his secrets.

So accompanied by Tudor Collins of Warkworth, (one of New Zealand’s top photographers of native bush scenery of that era), Sir Alfred Reed a publisher and author and a bush-lover, and Mrs Ellen Wech set out and rediscovered the kauri tree.

It was in 1968 when the name 'Yakas Kauri' was officially accepted by the general public when Tudor Collins had one of his coloured photos of the tree published in a full page display in the weekly news of July 29 1968 edition. It was simply captioned 'Yakas' tree and has since stuck.

Measurements:

  • Trunk girth: 12.29 m
  • Trunk height: 12.04 m
  • Total height: 43.09 m
  • Trunk holume: 134.2 m³

Know before you go

  • Keep to the track at all times.
  • Security is maintained in the car park by a $2.00 donation during the day to the car park ambassador.

Safety

  • In strong winds, beware of falling branches.

Contacts

Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
Phone:      +64 9 439 3450
Email:   dargaville@doc.govt.nz
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