Puketi Nature Trail

Image: Tahu Taylor-Koolen | ©


Kids of all ages will be in awe of the towering kauri trees on this easy, short walk - the boardwalk allows for buggies.

Track overview

350 m return via same track

Walking and tramping

15 min Easiest: Easy access 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 hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri


About this track


Seating area in a kauri grove.
Seating area in a kauri grove

A boardward winds through a mature stand of kauri, swamp forest and associated vegetation. Interpretive panels help you understand and enjoy this special forest ecosystem.

A large viewing area set in a kauri grove allows you to sit in awe of the towering trees around you.

The track is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Getting there

If travelling south on State Highway 10, Puketi Kauri Forest is signposted 2.4 km south of Kaeo.

If driving north on State Highway 10, 1 km north of Waipapa, turn left onto Pungaere Road and follow it for 16 km. At the T-intersection, turn right, follow Waiare Road for about 1 km. There is a carpark on your right; the start of the track is across the road.

The walk can also be reached from State Highway 1. Take the Puketi Road turn, then left into Waiare Road. Follow Waiare Road past the Puketi Forest Headquarters on your left.

Take care when you leave the state highways as you'll be travelling on unsealed roads.

Know before you go

No fires due to the risks to wildlife.

Related link

Manginangina Kauri Walk - Walk the North e-book


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