Tangihua Forest - Main Ridge Track

Track category

Tramping track


2 - 3 hr one way


A track in Tangihua Forest. Photo: Christian MacDonald.
A track in Tangihua Forest

The Tangihua Main Ridge Track forms a link between the Horokaka Track and the Te Haua Uru Track, a loop that takes about 9 hours to complete, ending at the Tangihua Lions Lodge.  Alternatively, having completed the Tangihua Main Ridge Track, trampers can continue northwards on the Northern Tangihua Track which leads to the Tangihua Hut, a further  2 - 3 hours tramp from the Main Ridge Route - Te Haua Uru intersection.

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The Whangarei Tramping Club reopened and cut the Tangihua Main Ridge Track in 1991. It is a rough track, which follows the main ridge through thick vegetation. The views from the track are very rewarding on a clear day.

Although the distance from Horokaka to the end of the Tangihua Main Ridge Track is not great, the track is very undulating and travel is quite slow.

Getting there

The Tangihua Main Ridge Track is located in the Tangihua Forest which is found halfway between Whangarei on Northland’s east coast and Dargaville on the west coast. Your best access into Tangihua Forest is from Omana Road.

The Omana Road Tangihua access car park has parking for 15 cars. You will need to walk 30 minutes along a formed road to the bush line. From here, it is another 15 minutes until you reach Tangihua Lions Lodge, a good orientation point for tracks and walks in the forest.

Places to stay

Tangihua Lodge

The Lodge is managed by the Tangihua Lions Lodge Trust and is used for organised school and special interest groups.

Visit the Tangihua Lions Lodge website or contact Kathee@xtra.co.nz phone +64 9 432 2227 for any enquiries or bookings.

Plan and prepare


This route should only be tackled by experienced trampers due to the razor back ridges and lack of hand holds. Trampers should have a  high degree of skill and experience, route-finding ability, be well equipped and use topographical maps.

  • There is no water source in the forest. You must carry your own water.
  • Watch where you are going at all times. There are steep drops in places.
  • The ridge is exposed to rough weather. Make sure you are well equipped and have appropriate warm and waterproof tramping gear.
  • Strenuous climbing required in places.


The tramping tracks and routes within Tangihua Forest pass by sites of cultural and spiritual significance to the Parawhau Ngapuhi people. For this reason we ask that trampers stay on the marked tracks.

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.

Track location map

Map showing tracks in the Tangihua Forest.


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Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code

1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Whangarei Office
Phone:      +64 9 470 3300
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
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