Horokaka Track is a challenging track that includes strenuous climbing. The track leads up to an old logging road and then follows the ridge to the Horokaka Transmitter.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 hr 45 min one way 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


The Horokaka Track leads up onto an old logging road and heads up the ridge to the Horokaka Transmitter. The Whakapono and Tumanako tracks lead off this track if you want a shorter walk.

It is a rough track, which follows the main ridge through thick vegetation. The views from the track are very rewarding on a clear day.

Although not a great distance to the Horokaka Transmitter, the track is very undulating and travel is quite slow. Allow 3 hours from the bush edge to the track end at the Transmitter service road. You can go up the road to the Transmitter for the views. Behind the Transmitter shed is the start of the Tangihua Main Ridge Track.

The Horokaka Track joins up with the Tangihua Main Ridge Track and Te Haua Uru Track to form a loop that takes 9 hours with strenuous climbing.

Getting there

The Horokaka Track is found in the Tangihua Forest which is located halfway between Whangārei on Northland’s east coast and Dargaville on the west coast. Your best access into Tangihua Forest is from Omana Road.

The Omana Road Tangihua access car park has parking for 15 cars. You will need to walk 30 minutes along a formed road to the bush line.

The track starts just inside the bush line to the right of the road.

History and culture

The tramping tracks and routes within Tangihua Forest pass by sites of cultural and spiritual significance to the Parawhau Ngapuhi people. For this reason we ask that trampers stay on the marked tracks.

Know before you go

  • The Horokaka, Tangihua Main Ridge Track and Te Haua Uru Track loop route should only be tackled by experienced trampers.
  • There are razor back ridges and lack of hand holds.
  • Trampers should have a  high degree of skill and experience, route-finding ability, be well equipped and use topographical maps.
  • There is no water source in the forest. Trampers must carry water their own water.
  • Watch where you are going at all times. There are steep drops in places.
  • The ridge is exposed to rough weather. Make sure you are well equipped and have appropriate warm and waterproof tramping gear.
  • Strenuous climbing required in places.
  • Stay on the marked tracks.


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