Kerikeri to Waitangi

  • Walking

From the historic Kemp House and Stone Store on Kerikeri Basin, leave Kerikeri Road and follow the Kororipo Pā Track, which curves around the headland to the southeast. 

Once on the headland, follow the wide pasture track southwest until a Department of Conservation marker post identifies a track heading southeast down into a gully and over a pedestrian bridge to Pā Road. 

Walk southeast up Pā Road and turn northeast into Kerikeri Inlet Road. Continue on for 2km to a forest gate and the northern end of Te Wairoa Road, the start of the Waitangi Forest Track. This route is a mix of footpath, grass, easy walking track and road berm.

Waitangi Forest Track - 14.5km / 3 hours

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

Skyline Road 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.

The Waitangi Forest is a commercial forest, and forestry operations, including logging and log truck transport, are present in the forest most months of the year. The Skyline Road avoids the areas currently scheduled for logging. It is important to stick to this route. Heed all the signs and do not enter into areas that are marked as closed. If you encounter a road closed sign or banner across the road, it means you have left the designated walkway and are on the wrong route. Retrace your steps until you are back on the Skyline Rd.

At this point, anyone with an interest in Te Araroa history may want to make a quick detour by turning northwest up Te Puke Road 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. This marks the opening of this route; the very first Te Araroa track.

Turn southeast onto Te Puke Road 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.


Track standard: easy tramping track

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Forestry operations
  • Bikes and horses

How to get here

Northern Start: Stone Store, Kerikeri

Southern End: Waitangi Bridge, Paihia

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

Northland trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying

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Page last updated: Jan 5, 2021, 11:10 AM