View of Spirits Bay from Pandora Track

Image: Brian Dobbie | ©

Introduction

From Cape Reinga Road, this 6 km track follows an old vehicle track through low manuka shrub leading you to Pandora, a beautiful sandy bay.

Track overview

6 km one way

Walking and tramping

2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

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

Description

After about 30 minutes, a 2 km, 40 minute side track leads from Cape Reinga Road to Kauri Bush, a remnant of kauri forest that once covered the Far North. The detour will take you about 1 hour 30 minutes return.

Another side track, a further 1 km up the road to the right, leads up to Te Paki trig – the highest point in the area. On your way to the summit you can get great views to Spirits Bay/Kapowairua and on a clear day you can see North Cape.

A further 5 minutes along the track you reach the junction with Darkies Ridge. From here you can walk to Pandora or carry on to Tapotupotu Bay.

Mountain biking

The 4WD standard road to Pandora is suitable for walking and mountain biking.

Getting there

Pandora Track is in Te Paki Recreation Reserve. Te Paki is located in the Far North of the North Island, New Zealand, approximately 96 km north of Kaitaia. Just follow State Highway 1 north.

From Te Paki onwards, follow Cape Reinga Road, which gets very busy over the summer months. Drive slowly and take extra caution. As you near Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, a car park and signage is located on the right-hand side of the road.

You can also access Pandora Track by foot via the Te Paki Coastal Track.

Location map

Map of the Te Rerenga Wairua/Cape Reinga and Te Paki area.

Know before you go

  • Trampers need to be fit and self sufficient.
  • Carry water as streams along the way can dry up over summer.
  • Ensure your tent is mosquito proof.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Fax:   +64 9 408 6019
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Postal Address:   PO Box 569
Kaitaia 0441
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