3.4 km return via same track
The walk leads you through kauri type vegetation for 35 minutes before you arrive at the Cathedral Grove – a large group of kauri.
From Cathedral Grove, it is a further 2 minute walk to the Yakas tree.
You return to the car park the way you came.
The Yakas Walk is sign posted 'Kauri Walks' from SH12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest.
From the car park, you will see a sign for the three walks 'Yakas', 'Te Matua Ngahere', and 'Four Sisters'.
A track meanders through native bush and brings you to a central point from which you can access the three walks. From here, Yakas Walk is well sign posted and located directly on the left of this open space.
It is very important that you keep to the walking track at all times. Kauri trees have very sensitive surface roots, and foot traffic around the trees endangers their life span.
Yakas kauri is the 7th largest kauri tree in New Zealand. Nicholas Yakas became witness to many marvels of the Waipoua Forest whilst he was a young man and hot in the pursuit of kauri gum. It wasn’t until 1966 when Yakas was asked if he knew of other kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest that were as big as or larger than Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere, that he decided to share some of his secrets.
So accompanied by Tudor Collins of Warkworth, (one of New Zealand’s top photographers of native bush scenery of that era), Sir Alfred Reed a publisher and author and a bush-lover, and Mrs Ellen Wech set out and rediscovered the kauri tree.
It was in 1968 when the name 'Yakas Kauri' was officially accepted by the general public when Tudor Collins had one of his coloured photos of the tree published in a full page display in the weekly news of July 29 1968 edition. It was simply captioned 'Yakas' tree and has since stuck.