Maunganui Bluffs

Maunganui Bluff Track

This coastal and forest track offers magnificent views of the Tasman surf on Northland’s west coast, north of Dargaville. The track leads up Maunganui Bluff through rare coastal forest and across farmland, offering spectacular views over the ocean and Ripiro Beach.

The Bluff is set in a 495 hectare scenic reserve and rises 460 metres over the sea below. The track rises steadily and is an easy to moderate walk suitable for families. It links with Kaiiwi Lakes Walk at Aranga Beach.

Sections of this walkway cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.


Maunganui Bluff Track can be reached from Aranga Beach Road, 40km north of Dargaville. Alternative access is possible via Waitapu Road and Waikara Beach.

>> Find the walkway on the Walking Access Mapping System

Conditions and Closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office

At a glance

Walking time: 3-4 hours each way or two hours return from Aranga Beach to the summit
Length: 10km
Created: 18 June 2013
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

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