Introduction

The Whakapono and Tumanako tracks form a loop. Plan for the walk to take about 2-3 hours if you wish to complete the full loop.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 hr 30 Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
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About this track

Description

The Whakapono and Tumanako tracks create loop tracks and are great for a pleasant half day out.

The  Whakapono track leaves  just inside the bush line at the Lions Lodge and heads up a spur to the ridge where it joins the Horokaka Track and a little further up it reaches the junction of the Tumanako track.

Either return on the Tumanako Track back down the hill to the lodge or follow the Horokaka or Te Haua Uru Track for a longer tramp.

Times:

  • Whakapono: 1 hr 15 min one way from car park
  • Tumanako: 1 hr 25 min one way from car par
  • Whakapono/Tumanako loop: 2 hr 30 min from car park return

Getting there

The track is located in Tangihua Forest which is found 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 to the start of the tracks.

Know before you go

  • There is no water source in the forest so carry plenty of water to drink.
  • Be well-prepared for changeable weather conditions.
  • The ridge area in the forest is exposed to rough weather.

Contacts

Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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