Yakas Walk

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Walk to a large kauri tree – it's suitable for children but not for buggies.


Track overview

3.4 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr 20 min return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this 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.

Getting there

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.

Nature and conservation

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.

About Yakas kauri

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.


  • Trunk girth: 12.29 m
  • Trunk height: 12.04 m
  • Total height: 43.09 m
  • Trunk holume: 134.2 m³

Know before you go

  • Keep to the track at all times.
  • In strong winds, beware of falling branches.


Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
Phone:   +64 9 439 3450
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   dargaville@doc.govt.nz
Address:   150 Colville Road
Postal Address:   150 Colville Road
Dargaville 0377
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