This short walk leads to an historic fire tower with views over the forest - it's a great option for kids.

Track overview

2.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr Advanced: Tramping 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


The track connects the Waipoua Visitor Centre to the historic forestry lookout.

The Lookout Track meanders through regenration manuka, and kauri, hardwood and podocarp forest to the historic forestry lookout building, which provides commanding views over the Waipoua Forest and out toward the coast.

Getting there

The Lookout Track is located at the southern end of the Waipoua Forest.

Trampers can access the track at two points off State Highway 12, either from the Waipoua Visitor Centre or the Historic Forest Lookout car park on Lookout Rd.

You may prefer to start from the lookout due to the downhill slope.

History and culture

The lookout building was built by the New Zealand Forestry Service who is one of the parent organisations of DOC.

It was built in the 1960s and during the summer period it was manned to keep an eye out for any smoke.

Know before you go

  • In strong winds, beware of falling branches.


Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
Phone:   +64 9 439 3450
Address:   150 Colville Road
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