Puhoi Track

  • Walking
  • Please remain on the track at all times - for personal safety and to protect the magnificent trees you pass

From Remiger Road, cross the Puhoi River by swingbridge and climb through pines to an old ridge track. To your right a number of spectacular young kauri tree line the route - please take care to stay on the gravel track here to prevent spread of kauri dieback disease. There are glimpses at times of the Puhoi Valley below - which look particularly splendid in autumn. Curious fantails (otherwise known as pīwakawaka) may take an interest in you as you pass.

Climbing to the highest point on the track, you leave pine forest and move into wonderful NZ native bush, descending through a mix of magnificent mature pūriri, tōtara and rimu and regenerating young growth. When you reach the small footbridge, look up and you may see our resident morepork (or ruru).

Continuing through more pine then up the final climb - there is then another stretch of beautiful native bush and kauri in close proximity before exiting onto the formed track through farmland with great views of the valley below. There's another short bush block then out onto a gravel track for 200m - take care as this track can carry construction traffic for a new motorway being constructed.

Before the final descent, cross a stile onto the Puhoi Lookout Loop Track and here you have a choice - the route is marked to head further east down a gentler grade with steps down through more bush, or in front of you is a more direct route down past the Arthur Dunn memorial lookout, but note that when the ground is wet underfoot this can be steep and slippery.

You exit into the Puhoi Domain - directly opposite is the Puhoi General Store and the historic Puhoi Pub, where well deserved refreshments may be in order and good chats with the friendly locals are guaranteed.


Potential hazards:

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Forestry operations
  • Few water sources


How to get here

Northern Start: Junction of Remiger and Ahuroa Roads, Puhoi
Southern End: Puhoi Village

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

Te Araroa Auckland trail notes including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying

Mountain Safety Council Plan My Trip
Page last updated: Jan 5, 2021, 11:30 AM