The track travels the length of the peninsula, mainly along the ridgetop, giving access to the many sheltered bays and providing outstanding coastal views.

Track overview

3 km

Walking and tramping

1 hr one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs
  • 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


This well-formed track begins at picturesque Mahinepua Beach. Follow the signs and orange DOC markers up a shared driveway to the beginning of the Mahinepua Scenic Reserve. A series of steps have been installed that protect the prominent Maori pa sites.

There is a loop track three-quarters of the way along the main track. This will take you around a coastal walk encompassing stunning views of the Cavalli Islands, Cape Brett peninsula and, on a clear day, Mount Camel on the Karikari Peninsula.

Warning: Sections of the track that are not boardwalk can be slippery when wet. 

Getting there

The Mahinepua Peninsula is about 40 min drive north of Kerikeri on SH10.

To get to the start of the Mahinepua Peninsula Track from SH10, turn east onto Wainui Road then Mahinepua Road. Park your car at the eastern end of Mahinepua Beach. Cross the stile and follow markers up the farm track to the Mahinepua Peninsula Scenic Reserve. Return via the same track.

Respect private property.

Access around the coast is not possible due to tide and reef limitations.

Nature and conservation

Mahinepua is home to rare plants such as the native mistletoe.

Know before you go

  • No dogs or fires due to risks to wildlife.
  • Keep to the track, cliffs exist in this area.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry warm, waterproof clothing, and food and drink, even on short walks.
  • Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.
  • Local community groups are active in the area controlling pests so keep to the main track and keep clear of any traps you may find. 


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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