IntroductionWalk through a spectacular stand of kauri and experience the unique character of this ancient forest by day or night.
An easy 40-minute loop track leads you through a spectacular stand of kauri. The track is undulating with a mix of boardwalk and metal track.
It is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. However some parts of the track are steep and may not be suitable.
Wheelchair access is via the Trounson Kauri Park day car park. The pathway to the only wheelchair accessible wash station from the car park is relatively steep and approxiately 50 metres long. Wheelchairs users will need to return to the same entrance/exit point, which makes it a longer walk and not a loop.
Wheelchairs should be clean to prevent the spread of kauri disease. Brushes and spray are available.
Trounson Kauri Park is 38 km north of the township of Dargaville.
The park is accessible via Trounson Park Road from the south off State Highway 12 or from the north via Katui Road, which links to Trounson Park Road at Donnellys Crossing.
There are two entry points to Trounson Kauri Park:
- Trounson Kauri Park day car park, and
- Trounson Kauri Park Campground.
- Dogs and hunting are not allowed in Trounson Kauri Park.
- Nearest petrol station is 9 km south at Kaihu, and 37 km north at Waimamaku.
- In strong winds, beware of falling branches.
The track offers an opportunity to experience the unique character of this ancient forest.
You can learn more about the kauri forest at an interpretation tent, and trees/plants are named along the walk
Kūkupa (New Zealand pigeon) are abundant and you are likely to hear and see them. North Island brown kiwi, fantails, pied tits and other forest birds are also resident with reintroduction of other birds planned for the future..
Kauri, taraire, kauri grass, kiekie, neinei and ferns dominate the vegetation.
Fallen kauri and the resulting light wells, clear streams and filmy ferns are among the interesting features of Trounson.