Mt Tamahunga (Te Hīkoi O Te Kiri) Track
Te Araroa leaves the northern beaches and coast to head inland to Mt Tamahunga and Matakana.
From the Pākiri Beach access (adjacent to the Camp Ground), follow Pākiri River Road for 3km to the intersection with Pākiri Road. Cross over and continue south on Bathgate Road, past the school and several houses.
Beyond the southern end of Bathgate Road, go down what looks like a driveway to the Te Araroa sign. Follow the orange track markers leading up a ridgeline through steep farm pasture for 2.5km to a farm track near the end of Rodney Road. This climb offers fantastic views up the coast.
At the end of the ridge the track turns right (west) at a junction. The track to the left leads out to meet Rodney Rd. DOC have installed a long drop toilet on the spur track approximately 120 m from the Te Araroa trail junction, close to Rodney Road.
The track turns west through more farmland and down/up a steep and muddy saddle (do take care when wet) before climbing through pine plantation into DOC native bush. At the summit, there is a helicopter platform which makes a good spot for resting.
Continuing on, this rough & occasionally slippery track soon descends steeply down before climbing again and walking beneath a weather satellite station. From there another rocky and slippery descent before the track levels out through regenerating bush.
A grassy hill affords some views (between the gorse) of the coast before continuing west on a well-formed track. The track leaves the ridge, crosses a stile and descends 200m to another stile before a narrow and slippery track takes walkers down, across a footbridge and to a short boardwalk across a swamp before another narrow, steep and slippery climb to Matakana Valley Road.
Head south on Matakana Valley Road for 450m to the junction with Govan Wilson Road. If in need of re-supply, Matakana is 6km south down Matakana Valley Road.
Be considerate of animals & keep to the track; leave gates as you find them; no dogs, horses, guns, bikes or vehicles.
If walking this track in isolation/day-walking, please note that at the western end of the track parking is in short supply - the only places to park are in a small lay-by at the Govan Wilson Road intersection and a small bus-stop lay-by further south.
Please do not park in any driveways.
How to get here
Track Elevation and Map
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