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   Walking track  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track.
  • Farming operations
  • Small stream crossings
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Steep drop-offs 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. When you get to marker 208 on Mangakaretu Road you need to continue down that road until you come to Puketotara Road, turn left here and walk until you come to State Highway 10 and turn left and walk until you get to marker and you re-join the trail from here. The total detour is 7.7km at marker 222 - 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
 
 
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 
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.

KeriCentral Guesthouse Backpackers

Hostel
25 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri, Kerikeri 2093
 
Ph: 09 407 3542
Mob: 027 800 8067
Website: kericentral.co.nz
 
We are the closest Hostel to the center of Kerikeri Township offering warm and inviting accommodation and swimming pool facilities for those walking on the Te Araroa Trail

KeriCentral Guesthouse Backpackers

Hostel
25 Cobham Rd, Wharau Rd, Kerikeri 2093
 
Ph: 09 407 3542
Mob: 027 800 8067
Website: info@kericentral.co.nz
 
Wonderful small guesthouse/hostel located 150m to bus stop, restaurants and local shopping. Refresh in our salt water pool after a long day walking. Your home away from home. Call now to make your booking.
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   Walking track  
Description
(North to South)
Mangakaretu Track - 20km / 6hr
 
From the Puketi Recreation Centre, walk south down Waiare Road for 3km. When you get to marker 208 on Mangakaretu Road you need to continue down that road until you come to Puketotara Road, turn left here and walk until you come to State Highway 10 and turn left and walk until you get to marker and you re-join the trail from here. The total detour is 7.7km at marker 222 - 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
  • Steep drop-offs 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. When you get to marker 208 on Mangakaretu Road you need to continue down that road until you come to Puketotara Road, turn left here and walk until you come to State Highway 10 and turn left and walk until you get to marker and you re-join the trail from here. The total detour is 7.7km at marker 222 - 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
 
 
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 
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.

KeriCentral Guesthouse Backpackers

Hostel
25 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri, Kerikeri 2093
 
Ph: 09 407 3542
Mob: 027 800 8067
Website: kericentral.co.nz
 
We are the closest Hostel to the center of Kerikeri Township offering warm and inviting accommodation and swimming pool facilities for those walking on the Te Araroa Trail

KeriCentral Guesthouse Backpackers

Hostel
25 Cobham Rd, Wharau Rd, Kerikeri 2093
 
Ph: 09 407 3542
Mob: 027 800 8067
Website: info@kericentral.co.nz
 
Wonderful small guesthouse/hostel located 150m to bus stop, restaurants and local shopping. Refresh in our salt water pool after a long day walking. Your home away from home. Call now to make your booking.