This track takes approximately 9-10 hours to complete, and the terrain is varied.
Beginning at SH1, for the first 2 hours, the track steadily climbs through pristine podocarp forest, surrounded by trees draped with moss. The track varies along an undulating saddle, which can be muddy in places, and offers good views to the west coast and the north.
For the last 2 hours, the track winds downhill, through bush and onto the old Takahue Saddle Road.
The Mangamuka Tramping Track is located south of Kaitaia. You can access the track from SH1, at the Mangamuka Gorge summit, or on State Highway 12, 12 km west of Kaitaia, off Takahue Saddle Road.
Note: Exits at both Mangamuka Gorge Summit and Takahue Saddle Road require transport back to Kaitaia.
Keep an eye out for the many native animals that call Mangamuka home.