The Mangamuka Tramping Track takes you through scenic Raetea Forest, a track made for the adventurous at heart.

Track overview

9 km one way

Walking and tramping

9-10 hr Advanced: Tramping 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 hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


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.

Getting there

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.

Nature and conservation

Keep an eye out for the many native animals that call Mangamuka home.

Know before you go

  • During times of heavy rain and through winter, this track becomes extremely slippery, wet and muddy. It is recommended to walk this track only in summer.
  • Arrange to have transport to the beginning of the track, and to be picked up at the end of the track.
  • No mobile coverage along the track.
  • No camping.
  • No fires due to the risks to wildlife.


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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