Northland

Northland

Kerikeri to Waitangi - OPEN

Northern Start
Stone Store, Kerikeri
Southern End
Waitangi Bridge, Paihia
Distance
21km
Time
4-5hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Forestry operations
  • Bikes and horses
Description
(North to South)

From the historic Kemp House & Stone Store on Kerikeri Basin, leave Kerikeri Rd & follow the Kororipo Pa Track which curves around the headland to the SE. Once on the headland, follow the wide pasture track SW until a DOC marker post identifies a track heading SE down into a gully and over a pedestrian bridge to Pa Rd. Walk SE up Pa Rd & turn NE into Kerikeri Inlet Rd. Continue on for 2km to a forest gate & the northern end of Te Wairoa Rd - the start of the Waitangi Forest Track. This route is a mix of footpath, grass, easy walking track & road berm.


Waitangi Forest Track - 14.5km / 3hr

As it leaves Kerikeri Inlet Road the trail ascends gradually through young pines for 2.6km to a road junction. At this junction head W, leaving Te Wairoa Rd and onto Skyline Rd.

Skyline Rd twists and turns for 8.7km through the forest - keep a close eye on navigation, or use a GPS - to connect to Te Puke Rd.

At this point, anyone with an interest in Te Araroa history may want to make a quick detour by turning NW up Te Puke Rd and a short way up you can see a plaque and the Te Araroa cairn, assembled from local volcanic rock by Kerikeri sculptor Chris Booth and restored in 2014, which marks the opening of this route - the very first Te Araroa track!

Turn SE onto Te Puke Rd and continue on 1km to pass Mt Bledisloe (105m) before turning East onto Haruru Falls Rd, leaving the forest behind you emerge onto Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi. Follow the road through the Waitangi Golf Course past the Waitangi Treaty grounds and continue down to the Waitangi Bridge.

 

 

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Kerikeri

Background Information
Kororipo Pa served as a coastal village, a fortified base for war parties and a trading post
 
Accommodation 
Pagoda Lodge & Camping Ground - 81 Pa Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 8617 or M: 021 071 8688 - E: info@pagoda.co.nz 
 
Local transport / Assistance 
Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek - spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 402 7717
 
Waitangi

Original Te Araroa brochure available from www.teararoa.org.nz/userfiles/file/brochure/waitangi3.pdf

Background information
Te Araroa’s first-ever track-opening plaque February 7th 1995. Then-Prime Minister, Jim Bolger whisked a yellow tarpaulin off a local volcanic stone embedded with lines from A. R.D. Fairburn’s poem ‘To a Friend in the Wilderness’–

                        I could be happy, in blue and fortunate weather,
                        Roaming the country between you and the sun

South of here, the trail follows the same route as the path that once connected the now-vanished Maori village Okura with Waitangi. It passes Mt Bledisloe (105m) and a short diversion to the summit lookout is worthwhile. The large swathe of land on view from this low summit, includes the Waitangi Treaty Grounds below. The track descends past Mt Bledisoe before turning east (left) onto Haruru Falls Rd then Tau Henare Drive and past the Waitangi Golf Course, to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.  

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Open daily from 9am -6pm (January and February) and (9am - 5pm) during the rest of the year.
Daily guided tours and Maori Cultural performances are available.

On February 6th 1840, New Zealand’s founding document was signed here between Lieutenant-Governor Hobson, representing of the British Crown and Maori chiefs.  The manicured lawns and the solemn kaitiakitanga that surround the place indicate the importance now placed on the treaty. The Treaty Grounds (including the colonial Treaty House) and 1000 acres of land were gifted to the nation in 1932 by the former Governor General, Lord Charles Bledisloe. As a British aristocrat, he perhaps saw more clearly than Pakeha New Zealanders then did what the Treaty of Waitangi meant to Maori, and the nation. Te Whare Runanga (carved meeting house) was opened on the 6 February 1940, 100 years after the signing. It stands facing the Treaty House, the two buildings together symbolising the partnership agreed between Maori and the British Crown, on which today’s Aotearoa New Zealand is founded.   
Whare Waka Café is located within the Treaty Grounds. Hangi & Concert evenings are scheduled from 1 December to the end of March on Tuesday and Thursday evening.
 
General Information
  • There are many side roads in this forest so take care you are on the correct road.
  • The track passes through the Waitangi Endowment Forest - part of New Zealand’s conservation estate, a further gift to the nation by Lord Bledisloe, in 1936.
  • The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, are open daily from 9am - 6pm (January and February) and 9am - 5pm during the rest of the year. Daily guided tours and Maori cultural performances are available.
Local transport / Assistance 
Derek Miller and Michael Champtaloup both live in Haruru Falls and are happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek - spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 402 7717
Michael - michael.champtaloup@gmail.com 0276 921 465
  
 
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No dogs
  • No vehicles
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Kerikeri
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop Cafe at Waitangi Visitor Centre
Closest Town(s)
Kerkeri or Paihia
Managed by
Waitangi Forest is administered by Northland Forest Managers, KeriKeri, Tel: +9 4077-115
Thanks to
Northland Forest Managers
Northern Start
Stone Store, Kerikeri
Southern End
Waitangi Bridge, Paihia
Distance
21km
Time
4-5hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

From the historic Kemp House & Stone Store on Kerikeri Basin, leave Kerikeri Rd & follow the Kororipo Pa Track which curves around the headland to the SE. Once on the headland, follow the wide pasture track SW until a DOC marker post identifies a track heading SE down into a gully and over a pedestrian bridge to Pa Rd. Walk SE up Pa Rd & turn NE into Kerikeri Inlet Rd. Continue on for 2km to a forest gate & the northern end of Te Wairoa Rd - the start of the Waitangi Forest Track. This route is a mix of footpath, grass, easy walking track & road berm.


Waitangi Forest Track - 14.5km / 3hr

As it leaves Kerikeri Inlet Road the trail ascends gradually through young pines for 2.6km to a road junction. At this junction head W, leaving Te Wairoa Rd and onto Skyline Rd.

Skyline Rd twists and turns for 8.7km through the forest - keep a close eye on navigation, or use a GPS - to connect to Te Puke Rd.

At this point, anyone with an interest in Te Araroa history may want to make a quick detour by turning NW up Te Puke Rd and a short way up you can see a plaque and the Te Araroa cairn, assembled from local volcanic rock by Kerikeri sculptor Chris Booth and restored in 2014, which marks the opening of this route - the very first Te Araroa track!

Turn SE onto Te Puke Rd and continue on 1km to pass Mt Bledisloe (105m) before turning East onto Haruru Falls Rd, leaving the forest behind you emerge onto Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi. Follow the road through the Waitangi Golf Course past the Waitangi Treaty grounds and continue down to the Waitangi Bridge.

 

 

 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Forestry operations
  • Bikes and horses
Description
(North to South)

From the historic Kemp House & Stone Store on Kerikeri Basin, leave Kerikeri Rd & follow the Kororipo Pa Track which curves around the headland to the SE. Once on the headland, follow the wide pasture track SW until a DOC marker post identifies a track heading SE down into a gully and over a pedestrian bridge to Pa Rd. Walk SE up Pa Rd & turn NE into Kerikeri Inlet Rd. Continue on for 2km to a forest gate & the northern end of Te Wairoa Rd - the start of the Waitangi Forest Track. This route is a mix of footpath, grass, easy walking track & road berm.


Waitangi Forest Track - 14.5km / 3hr

As it leaves Kerikeri Inlet Road the trail ascends gradually through young pines for 2.6km to a road junction. At this junction head W, leaving Te Wairoa Rd and onto Skyline Rd.

Skyline Rd twists and turns for 8.7km through the forest - keep a close eye on navigation, or use a GPS - to connect to Te Puke Rd.

At this point, anyone with an interest in Te Araroa history may want to make a quick detour by turning NW up Te Puke Rd and a short way up you can see a plaque and the Te Araroa cairn, assembled from local volcanic rock by Kerikeri sculptor Chris Booth and restored in 2014, which marks the opening of this route - the very first Te Araroa track!

Turn SE onto Te Puke Rd and continue on 1km to pass Mt Bledisloe (105m) before turning East onto Haruru Falls Rd, leaving the forest behind you emerge onto Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi. Follow the road through the Waitangi Golf Course past the Waitangi Treaty grounds and continue down to the Waitangi Bridge.

 

 

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Kerikeri

Background Information
Kororipo Pa served as a coastal village, a fortified base for war parties and a trading post
 
Accommodation 
Pagoda Lodge & Camping Ground - 81 Pa Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 8617 or M: 021 071 8688 - E: info@pagoda.co.nz 
 
Local transport / Assistance 
Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek - spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 402 7717
 
Waitangi

Original Te Araroa brochure available from www.teararoa.org.nz/userfiles/file/brochure/waitangi3.pdf

Background information
Te Araroa’s first-ever track-opening plaque February 7th 1995. Then-Prime Minister, Jim Bolger whisked a yellow tarpaulin off a local volcanic stone embedded with lines from A. R.D. Fairburn’s poem ‘To a Friend in the Wilderness’–

                        I could be happy, in blue and fortunate weather,
                        Roaming the country between you and the sun

South of here, the trail follows the same route as the path that once connected the now-vanished Maori village Okura with Waitangi. It passes Mt Bledisloe (105m) and a short diversion to the summit lookout is worthwhile. The large swathe of land on view from this low summit, includes the Waitangi Treaty Grounds below. The track descends past Mt Bledisoe before turning east (left) onto Haruru Falls Rd then Tau Henare Drive and past the Waitangi Golf Course, to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.  

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Open daily from 9am -6pm (January and February) and (9am - 5pm) during the rest of the year.
Daily guided tours and Maori Cultural performances are available.

On February 6th 1840, New Zealand’s founding document was signed here between Lieutenant-Governor Hobson, representing of the British Crown and Maori chiefs.  The manicured lawns and the solemn kaitiakitanga that surround the place indicate the importance now placed on the treaty. The Treaty Grounds (including the colonial Treaty House) and 1000 acres of land were gifted to the nation in 1932 by the former Governor General, Lord Charles Bledisloe. As a British aristocrat, he perhaps saw more clearly than Pakeha New Zealanders then did what the Treaty of Waitangi meant to Maori, and the nation. Te Whare Runanga (carved meeting house) was opened on the 6 February 1940, 100 years after the signing. It stands facing the Treaty House, the two buildings together symbolising the partnership agreed between Maori and the British Crown, on which today’s Aotearoa New Zealand is founded.   
Whare Waka Café is located within the Treaty Grounds. Hangi & Concert evenings are scheduled from 1 December to the end of March on Tuesday and Thursday evening.
 
General Information
  • There are many side roads in this forest so take care you are on the correct road.
  • The track passes through the Waitangi Endowment Forest - part of New Zealand’s conservation estate, a further gift to the nation by Lord Bledisloe, in 1936.
  • The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, are open daily from 9am - 6pm (January and February) and 9am - 5pm during the rest of the year. Daily guided tours and Maori cultural performances are available.
Local transport / Assistance 
Derek Miller and Michael Champtaloup both live in Haruru Falls and are happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek - spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 402 7717
Michael - michael.champtaloup@gmail.com 0276 921 465
  
 
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No dogs
  • No vehicles
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Kerikeri
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop Cafe at Waitangi Visitor Centre
Closest Town(s)
Kerkeri or Paihia
Managed by
Waitangi Forest is administered by Northland Forest Managers, KeriKeri, Tel: +9 4077-115
Thanks to
Northland Forest Managers