The track follows the top of the cliffs, then enters tall manuka and suddenly opens out at the headland and grassed lookout.
The grassy terraces provide sheltered picnic sites and wonderful views up the harbour away from the prevailing westerly winds.
There is access to the harbour via the Martin’s Bay track.
Signal Station Track starts from the Arai Te Uru Recreational Reserve carpark.
Arai Te Uru Recreational Reserve is at Hokianga Heads, 56 km west of Kaikohe. From Kaikohe, travel west along SH12 through Omapere. Take a right into Signal Station Rd. The reserve and carpark is at the end of the road.
Vegetation is predominantly flax, manuka, bracken and cabbage trees.
The Signal Station was in operation from 1838 - 1951 to guide ships over through the treacherous harbour entrance until being replaced by an automated lighthouse. Today all that remains is a few upright timbers and a horizontal beam.
The Hokianga Society's brochure on this area features excellent historical information and details on each of the numbered sites. You can purchase the brochure from the Hokianga Visitor Center.
The area holds great significance to Maori and should be treated with respect at all times.