This is a well-marked track through established bush with valley views and large kauri trees. This track connects with the Waipapa River Track.

Track overview

3.8 km

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


The Pukatea Ridge Track begins 7.5 km along the Pirau Ridge and descends to the lower Waipapa River Track leading to Forest Pools.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to approximately 5,067 steps.

Getting there

The Puketi Kauri Forest is signposted from SH10 south of Kaeo and north of Waipapa. The Forest can also be reached from SH1, north of Ōkaihau.

Take care when you leave the State Highway as you will be travelling on unsealed roads.

Know before you go

  • High degree of skill and experience, as well as route-finding abilities required.
  • No fires due to risks to wildlife.
  • Carry warm, waterproof clothing, and food and drink, even on short walks.
  • Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.
  • You may wish to boil water from the streams before drinking.
  • For longer tramps NZTopo50 maps are essential.
  • Leaving vehicles at road ends over night is not advisable due to the risk of theft.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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