Puketi Nature Trail

Image: Tahu Taylor-Koolen | ©


This is an easy wander suitable for children. The loop track leads you through a beautiful kauri forest with a chance to see glow-worms.

Track overview

1.6 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easy: Walking track

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


This walk provides a good experience if you are wanting to learn more about New Zealand's native plants, as many of the plants along the way are named.

If you go walking in the evening, you may be treated to a display from the local glow-worms when you get to the first of the track's boardwalks.

The lower part of the track has an impressive stand of mature kahikatea as well as a diverse range of mosses and epiphytes. At the furthest point of the loop track, take time at the viewing platform to enjoy the grove of mature kauri trees.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 2,133 steps.

Getting there

If travelling south on SH10, Puketi Kauri Forest is signposted 2.4 km south of Kaeo. If driving north on SH10, 1 km north of Waipapa, turn left onto Pungaere Road and follow it for about 12 km (about 11 min drive).

At the T-intersection, turn left, and follow the road for about 750 m. Turn right at the DOC sign for Puketi Kauri Forest and continue a short distance to the Puketi Recreational Area. The Puketi Nature Trail starts at the information sign shelter near the Puketi Forest Hut.

History and culture

The Puketi Nature Trail gives you a glimpse of the 17,000 hectare Puketi/Omahuta Forest.

Most of the forest's upper reaches were logged in the last century and then farmed up until the early 1930s – some of the original tōtara fence strainers still stand near the track.

Know before you go

  • No fires due to the risks to wildlife.
  • Carry warm, waterproof clothing, and food and drink, even on short walks. Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.
  • Leaving vehicles at road ends over night is not advisable due to the risk of theft.
  • Before leaving for your walk, make sure your vehicle is locked and any valuables out of sight.
  • Take care when you leave the state highways, as you will be travelling on unsealed roads.


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Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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