Pukenui Forest track

Image: Mackenzie Hita | DOC


Escape the city as you cross through lush farmlands into this beautiful native forest. This iconic feature of the Whangārei landscape offers a moderately difficult, but enjoyable walk through stunning native bush that is home to many precious native species.


  • Only 10 km from the Whangārei CBD, you’ll discover the largest remaining area of native bush in the Whangārei area.
  • Home to North Island brown kiwi, longtail bats, white ruru, king ferns, giant tōtara, kauri, kahikatea and many other native flora and fauna.
  • Be a guardian of the forest and help to protect our special kauri trees by cleaning your shoes and keeping off kauri roots.

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 80K) and check out what you can do.

Know before you go

  • Some parts of the track can become slippery and muddy when wet.
  • Bring appropriate footwear, clothing and enough water for the walk.
  • There is no mobile coverage in parts of the forest
  • No public toilets
  • 3 km there and back – approximately 1 hour round trip
  • Moderately difficult gravel and dirt track with some uphill sections
  • Dogs, horses, firearms and fires are not allowed in the forest

What to bring

DOC short walk gear list

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there:

Pukenui Forest is approximately 10 km from Whangārei CBD.  Forest tracks are signposted on Three Mile Bush Road approximately 4 km from the Kamo traffic lights. You can see the entrance sign almost opposite Rotomate Road or on Amalin Drive.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Pukenui code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

More about Pukenui

Whangārei information centre

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