IntroductionGo for an easy forest and beach walk to Whangamumu Harbour.
4.2 km one way
- The track is closed from the end of the Easter holidays through to 1 December each year. This is to prevent the spread of kauri dieback during the wet months.
Come for a walk along a path that whalers used to take in the early 20th century to one of New Zealand’s last remaining shore-based whaling stations.
This track is a comfortable walk starting at the Tangatapu wetlands through regenerating coastal forest up and over a ridge to the sandy beach at the head of the Whangamumu Harbour. Interpretation signs explain the historic features of the area. The track is not suitable for mountain biking.
Once at Whangamumu Harbour turn left along the beach and take the short 10-minute track to the historic Whangamumu Whaling Station. This track can be walked up 1-2 hours either side of high tide; at other tide times this short section of beach track is closed to walkers.
10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 5,600 steps.
Camping is not permitted.
Te Toroa Track links Whangamumu Track to Cape Brett Track
Access to the Whangamumu Track is from Rawhiti Road, 1.1 km from the Manawaora Road and Rawhiti Road intersection.
From Russell, take the Russell-Whakapara Road for 13.8 km and turning off at Kempthorne Road. Follow the road through Parekura Bay, continuing on to Manawaora Road. At the top of the road, turn left onto Rawhiti Road.
From Whangarei travel north turning off SH1 at Whakapara. Follow the Russell Road until you get to Rawhiti Road.
- No fires due to risks to wildlife.
- The track crosses private land for the first 15 minutes of the walk so remain near the DOC track markers.
- Mountain biking is not permitted on this track.
- No camping.
- No hunting.
- Remain on the track at all times (to help prevent spreading Kauri Dieback).
- No unauthorised horses or vehicles of any type.
Safety and security
- Check the tide timetable before leaving to ensure you can walk across the beach to the historic Whangamumu Whaling Station.
- Before leaving for your walk, make sure your vehicle is locked and any valuables out of sight.
The harbour was where one of New Zealand’s last shore-based whaling stations existed: the historic Whangamumu Whaling Station.