At the end of Campbell Road, you will find the start of the Wairakau Stream Track. Climb over the stile onto an old farm road. The track is wide, steep and clay-based so take special care during or after rain.
After about 20 minutes walk, you will find a sign showing the way to the Wairakau Stream. Once at the stream you will have to either remove your footwear and go barefoot, or wade the two crossings to the grass flats on the other side. Continue over the rocky terrain and keep an eye out for the ‘disappearing’ waterfalls that come and go depending on recent rainfall.
Follow the south-western arm of the Whangaroa Harbour to the Lane Cove Hut, day shelter and toilets in Pekapeka/Ranfurly Bay. If you have not booked the Lane Cove Hut, respect the privacy of hut users but feel free to use the toilets and day shelter provided.
The Wairakau Stream Track then heads up to the Kairara Rocks along the Duke’s Nose (Kaiaraara Rocks) Track to stunning views of the Whangaroa Harbour and beyond.
10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 7,466 steps.
Travel north on SH10, turn right onto Totara North Road towards Totara North. Turn left into Campbell Road. The Wairakau Stream Track starts approximately 400 metres along Campbell Road. Stop at the gate/stile and park well off the road on the grass verge.
The Wairakau Stream Track can also be reached by sea. The end of the track is located in Lane Cove at the western end of the Whangaroa Harbour.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.