12 km one way
Time: 6 hr approximately
Distance: 12 km
From the carpark off SH1 follow the orange markers leading past the forest manager's residence and through farmland. The track will lead you below a transmitter station, over undulating ground and through a pine block managed by Hancock Forests. From here you can get excellent views northward to Whangarei Heads, Bream Bay and out to sea.
The track continues to skirt around the top of a large quarry and along the ridge following an old logging road. Be aware that these logging roads can be muddy in places especially after rain. The road travels above a basin of native bush. The track then drops off the road steeply (16-25 degree slope) down steps until you reach the bush-clad valley floor and a stream. Walking time to the stream from SH1 is approximately 1.5 hours.
The track then meanders along the valley through native bush before widening into a logging road. The logging road climbs from the valley, through pines and onto the major ridge of the Brynderwyns. From here a metalled logging track winds out to Cullen Road.
Off this section you can visit the highest point on the Brynderwyns at Trig 1579 (397 m, a hill known as Marunui), which offers panoramic 360 degree views.
There is legal access into the Brynderwyn forest via Massey road but DOC does not mark or maintain this section.
There is vehicle access to where the Brynderwyn Hills Walk intersects with Cullen road, so you can arrange to be picked up from there or you can continue walking down Cullen road to Waipu Cove road, which is a further 7 km.
Another alternative is to take the Langsview Track down to Waipu Cove road via Langsview estate, which is of a similar distance.
The Brynderwyn range is one of the most prominent geographical features between Whangarei and Auckland. The Brynderwyn hills stretch from the Mangawhai Heads on the east coast nearly halfway to the eastern arms of the Kaipara Harbour.
You can access the Brynderwyn Hills Walkway from either its western or eastern ends.
The Western entrance of the Brynderwyn Hills walk is at the small carpark at the summit of the Brynderwyns, opposite the old cafe, off SH1.
The track entrance is signposted and the track follows the forestry road into the Brynderwyn forest. It is marked with a combination of orange posts and orange track markers.
The Eastern entrance of the Brynderwyn Hills walk is at the top of Cullen Road where it intersects with the forestry road. Cullen Road runs off Cove Road between Waipu and Waipu Cove.
The track entrance is signposted and the track follows the forestry road along the main ridge. It is marked with a combination of orange posts and orange track markers.