This short easy walk meanders through stunning native bush to an enormous kauri tree with twin trunks. A great quick stop suitable for children.

Track overview

200-300 m

Walking and tramping

5 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track


Ngaiotonga Forest features stunning native bush and majestic kauri trees. This short, easy walk leads to a large kauri tree with twin trunks standing amidst a mixed kauri/podocarp forest.

Getting there

Track entrance is signposted on Russell Whakapara Road, about 4 km south east of the Kempthorne Road junction.

Nature and conservation

The twin bole kauri is an interesting natural phenomenon however, the rotting trunks of other nearby trees aren’t.

These ugly scars are as a result of the damage inflicted by workers bleeding the trees for gum. The natural healing process once interfered with has lead to this damage and ultimately, the early death of the trees.

This destructive process was outlawed many years before the gum was no longer sought for profit.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
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