This short walk features great views and access to a small beach - with a pa site to explore as well this easy walk is a great option for children.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

40 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


Located on a steep rocky headland, Taumarumaru Reserve contains three pa sites, two on the headland (Ohumuhumu and Otanenui) and one on the central ridge (Taumarumaru).

Found within the reserve are undefended living terraces and storage pits which indicate this site was intensively occupied in pre-European times.

Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve is mostly an open area and tracks are identified by mowing and track markers. A short walk over the reserve is rewarded with great views and access to a small beach.

The reserve provides ideal opportunities for walking, fishing and historic appreciation. Dogs are allowed in the reserve provided they are on a lead at all times.

Combine this visit with a trip to nearby historic Rangikapiti Pa.

Getting there

Taumarumaru Reserve is located in Doubtless Bay on the east coast of the Far North.

It is about 35 km northeast of Kaitaia. From Kataitai head north on SH1 to Awanui, then turn right onto SH10. The reserve is signposted on SH10 between Cable Bay and Coopers Beach.

History and culture

Many places in New Zealand have special spiritual or historical significance. Some places are sacred to Maori, while others have important European values.

Recognise the spiritual or historical significance of these places and treat them with respect. Learning about places you visit will help you understand and respect the value they hold for others.

Know before you go

  • The weather can change at any time – be prepared.
  • In winter conditions sections of the track can become muddy and slippery.
  • Fires and camping are not permitted in the reserve.
  • Northland reserve bylaws apply to Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.


Te Hiku / Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Fax:   +64 9 408 6019
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Postal Address:   PO Box 569
Kaitaia 0441
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