Northland

Northland

Mangakaretu to Kerikeri - OPEN

Note: Closures: April 29 - Sept 14, last Feb wkend, occasional summer clay mining.
Alternative Track
Northern Start
Puketi Recreation Centre, Waiare Road
Southern End
Stone Store, Kerikeri Basin
Distance
24km
Time
8hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Farming operations
  • Small stream crossings
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Occasional washouts next to rivers/streams - take care
Description
(North to South)
Mangakaretu Track - 20km / 6hr
 
From the Puketi Recreation Centre, walk south down Waiare Road for 3km. Cross the stile, into Landcorp’s Puketotara Farm. 
 
Follow the markers and stiles and watch out for the farm animals. Note: move gently, never put animals in a corner or separate mother and offspring; when going through a herd of heifers or steers, be steadfast but wary as they are excitable.

This 3km marked route crosses rolling pasture to Mangakaretu Road. Follow this gravel road 5km in a NE direction before re-entering the farm at a marked stile. Follow the markers/stiles NE before turning S to sidle around Maungaparerua (241m), with its wide outlook across the Bay of Islands. The route then traverses some soft ridge paddocks in a SE direction before turning sharply E and dropping steeply down towards Maungaparerua Stream. At the bottom of the hill a stile leads over the fence into scrub and a short track winds down to the Maungaparerua Stream. Follow the stream NE for 1.5km to its junction with the Kerikeri River. Continue on to cross the river on a swingbridge and follow the track under the SH10 bridge. After coming under the bridge, come up from the riverside into the parking bay/picnic area adjacent to SH10.
 
 
Kerikeri River Track - 6.5km / 2hr
 
Use the stile from the picnic area on SH10 and follow the Te Araroa and orange track markers around a private residence before coming back alongside the Kerikeri River. There can be from time to time single-wire electric fences along this stretch - generally easy to get across or under, however do take care to avoid getting a shock. There's an electrified gate to go through, easily done using the plastic insulated handle - leave it as you find it.
 
Continue following orange markers through pleasant totara groves alongside the river for 3km until joining with DOC’s Kerikeri Walkway near Rainbow Falls Rd. There one can view the 27m high Rainbow Falls that tumble over the basalt lava fields which flowed into the river valley after long past volcanic eruptions. 

From then on, the track is a well-developed and marked bush track. It passes through stands of young kauri & totara. It also passes the remains of a powerhouse built as part of a hydro-electric generation scheme which operated between 1930-67. 

Follow this track all the way to the picnic area/carpark area on Landing Road, then cross the footbridge over the river to New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22) and the world renowned Stone Store (1832-36) on the Kerikeri Basin.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Mangakaretu Track
 
Seasonal closures
Check the status of this track as it crosses farmland, it is regularly closed for:
  • Lambing (April 29 - September 14)
  • The last weekend in February
  • Occasional summer closures for clay mining
Alternative Bypass route: Puketotara connection
  • From the Puketi Recreation Centre, follow Waiare Rd south for 4.5kms
  • Turn east onto Puketotara Rd for 13.5kms to SH 10.
  • Turn north on SH 10 for 600m. On the eastern side of the road, just over the bridge and on the north banks of the Kerikeri River is the picnic layover (no facilities). 

Kerikeri

Background Information
The Kerikeri Basin is where Maori welcomed missionaries in 1819 to establish a Church Mission Settlement. This established the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society. Kerikeri is both a beautiful place in the Bay of Islands, and one of New Zealand's most historic sites.
 
General information
More information about Kerikeri please refer to: W: www.Kerikeri.co.nz 
Paihia I-Site Information CentreThe Wharf 69 Marsden Road, Paihia - P: 09 402 7345 - E: bayofislands@i-SITE.org 
(DOC) - Department of Conservation - Bay of Islands area office - 34 Landing Rd, Bay of Islands - P: 09 407 0300 - E: bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
 
Getting there/away
Air New Zealand Link - from Auckland airport - P: 0800 737 000 or 09 357 3000 - www.airnewzealand.co.nz
Salt Air - P: 0800 472 582 or 09 402 8338 - E: info@saltair.co.nz - from KeriKeri or Paihia
Bay Of Islands Airport - for flight and shuttle transport info.
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz - From Auckland - Kerikeri - Kaitaia 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 Calls costs
Kerikeri Taxis. shuttles and Tours - P: 09 407 9515 or 021 407 951 - E: info@kerikeritaxis.co.nz 
 
Accommodation
Kerikeri Top Ten Holiday Park & Aranga Backpackers - 23 Aranga Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 9326 or 0800 272 642 
Hone Heke Backpackers - 65 Hone Heke Rd, Kerikeri - P: 0800 407817, 09 407 8170 E: stay@honeheke.co.nz 
Pagoda Lodge & Luxury Camping - right on the Trail, just after the Stone Store, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 8617
 
Resupply
New World Supermarket - 99 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 0200
Countdown Supermarket 1 Fairway Drive. Kerikeri - P: 09 407 6163
 
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 4027717
Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No camping
  • No fires
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Standard Campsite
  • Accommodation Doc cabins & Puketi Hut. Book on +9 407-0300
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Carpark on SH10 adjacent to Kerikeri River
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Closest Town(s)
Kerikeri
Managed by
Far North District Council, Te Araroa
Thanks to
Private landowners.
Alternative Track
Northern Start
Puketi Recreation Centre, Waiare Road
Southern End
Stone Store, Kerikeri Basin
Distance
24km
Time
8hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)
Mangakaretu Track - 20km / 6hr
 
From the Puketi Recreation Centre, walk south down Waiare Road for 3km. Cross the stile, into Landcorp’s Puketotara Farm. 
 
Follow the markers and stiles and watch out for the farm animals. Note: move gently, never put animals in a corner or separate mother and offspring; when going through a herd of heifers or steers, be steadfast but wary as they are excitable.

This 3km marked route crosses rolling pasture to Mangakaretu Road. Follow this gravel road 5km in a NE direction before re-entering the farm at a marked stile. Follow the markers/stiles NE before turning S to sidle around Maungaparerua (241m), with its wide outlook across the Bay of Islands. The route then traverses some soft ridge paddocks in a SE direction before turning sharply E and dropping steeply down towards Maungaparerua Stream. At the bottom of the hill a stile leads over the fence into scrub and a short track winds down to the Maungaparerua Stream. Follow the stream NE for 1.5km to its junction with the Kerikeri River. Continue on to cross the river on a swingbridge and follow the track under the SH10 bridge. After coming under the bridge, come up from the riverside into the parking bay/picnic area adjacent to SH10.
 
 
Kerikeri River Track - 6.5km / 2hr
 
Use the stile from the picnic area on SH10 and follow the Te Araroa and orange track markers around a private residence before coming back alongside the Kerikeri River. There can be from time to time single-wire electric fences along this stretch - generally easy to get across or under, however do take care to avoid getting a shock. There's an electrified gate to go through, easily done using the plastic insulated handle - leave it as you find it.
 
Continue following orange markers through pleasant totara groves alongside the river for 3km until joining with DOC’s Kerikeri Walkway near Rainbow Falls Rd. There one can view the 27m high Rainbow Falls that tumble over the basalt lava fields which flowed into the river valley after long past volcanic eruptions. 

From then on, the track is a well-developed and marked bush track. It passes through stands of young kauri & totara. It also passes the remains of a powerhouse built as part of a hydro-electric generation scheme which operated between 1930-67. 

Follow this track all the way to the picnic area/carpark area on Landing Road, then cross the footbridge over the river to New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22) and the world renowned Stone Store (1832-36) on the Kerikeri Basin.
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Farming operations
  • Small stream crossings
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Occasional washouts next to rivers/streams - take care
Description
(North to South)
Mangakaretu Track - 20km / 6hr
 
From the Puketi Recreation Centre, walk south down Waiare Road for 3km. Cross the stile, into Landcorp’s Puketotara Farm. 
 
Follow the markers and stiles and watch out for the farm animals. Note: move gently, never put animals in a corner or separate mother and offspring; when going through a herd of heifers or steers, be steadfast but wary as they are excitable.

This 3km marked route crosses rolling pasture to Mangakaretu Road. Follow this gravel road 5km in a NE direction before re-entering the farm at a marked stile. Follow the markers/stiles NE before turning S to sidle around Maungaparerua (241m), with its wide outlook across the Bay of Islands. The route then traverses some soft ridge paddocks in a SE direction before turning sharply E and dropping steeply down towards Maungaparerua Stream. At the bottom of the hill a stile leads over the fence into scrub and a short track winds down to the Maungaparerua Stream. Follow the stream NE for 1.5km to its junction with the Kerikeri River. Continue on to cross the river on a swingbridge and follow the track under the SH10 bridge. After coming under the bridge, come up from the riverside into the parking bay/picnic area adjacent to SH10.
 
 
Kerikeri River Track - 6.5km / 2hr
 
Use the stile from the picnic area on SH10 and follow the Te Araroa and orange track markers around a private residence before coming back alongside the Kerikeri River. There can be from time to time single-wire electric fences along this stretch - generally easy to get across or under, however do take care to avoid getting a shock. There's an electrified gate to go through, easily done using the plastic insulated handle - leave it as you find it.
 
Continue following orange markers through pleasant totara groves alongside the river for 3km until joining with DOC’s Kerikeri Walkway near Rainbow Falls Rd. There one can view the 27m high Rainbow Falls that tumble over the basalt lava fields which flowed into the river valley after long past volcanic eruptions. 

From then on, the track is a well-developed and marked bush track. It passes through stands of young kauri & totara. It also passes the remains of a powerhouse built as part of a hydro-electric generation scheme which operated between 1930-67. 

Follow this track all the way to the picnic area/carpark area on Landing Road, then cross the footbridge over the river to New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22) and the world renowned Stone Store (1832-36) on the Kerikeri Basin.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Mangakaretu Track
 
Seasonal closures
Check the status of this track as it crosses farmland, it is regularly closed for:
  • Lambing (April 29 - September 14)
  • The last weekend in February
  • Occasional summer closures for clay mining
Alternative Bypass route: Puketotara connection
  • From the Puketi Recreation Centre, follow Waiare Rd south for 4.5kms
  • Turn east onto Puketotara Rd for 13.5kms to SH 10.
  • Turn north on SH 10 for 600m. On the eastern side of the road, just over the bridge and on the north banks of the Kerikeri River is the picnic layover (no facilities). 

Kerikeri

Background Information
The Kerikeri Basin is where Maori welcomed missionaries in 1819 to establish a Church Mission Settlement. This established the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society. Kerikeri is both a beautiful place in the Bay of Islands, and one of New Zealand's most historic sites.
 
General information
More information about Kerikeri please refer to: W: www.Kerikeri.co.nz 
Paihia I-Site Information CentreThe Wharf 69 Marsden Road, Paihia - P: 09 402 7345 - E: bayofislands@i-SITE.org 
(DOC) - Department of Conservation - Bay of Islands area office - 34 Landing Rd, Bay of Islands - P: 09 407 0300 - E: bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
 
Getting there/away
Air New Zealand Link - from Auckland airport - P: 0800 737 000 or 09 357 3000 - www.airnewzealand.co.nz
Salt Air - P: 0800 472 582 or 09 402 8338 - E: info@saltair.co.nz - from KeriKeri or Paihia
Bay Of Islands Airport - for flight and shuttle transport info.
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz - From Auckland - Kerikeri - Kaitaia 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 Calls costs
Kerikeri Taxis. shuttles and Tours - P: 09 407 9515 or 021 407 951 - E: info@kerikeritaxis.co.nz 
 
Accommodation
Kerikeri Top Ten Holiday Park & Aranga Backpackers - 23 Aranga Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 9326 or 0800 272 642 
Hone Heke Backpackers - 65 Hone Heke Rd, Kerikeri - P: 0800 407817, 09 407 8170 E: stay@honeheke.co.nz 
Pagoda Lodge & Luxury Camping - right on the Trail, just after the Stone Store, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 8617
 
Resupply
New World Supermarket - 99 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 0200
Countdown Supermarket 1 Fairway Drive. Kerikeri - P: 09 407 6163
 
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 4027717
Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No camping
  • No fires
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Standard Campsite
  • Accommodation Doc cabins & Puketi Hut. Book on +9 407-0300
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Carpark on SH10 adjacent to Kerikeri River
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Closest Town(s)
Kerikeri
Managed by
Far North District Council, Te Araroa
Thanks to
Private landowners.