This track takes approximately 9-10 hours to complete, and the terrain is varied.
Beginning at SH1, for the first 2 hours, the track steadily climbs through pristine podocarp forest, surrounded by trees draped with moss. The track varies along an undulating saddle, which can be muddy in places, and offers good views to the west coast and the north.
For the last 2 hours, the track winds downhill, through bush and onto the old Takahue Saddle Road.
The Mangamuka Tramping Track is located south of Kaitaia. You can access the track from SH1, at the Mangamuka Gorge summit, or on State Highway 12, 12 km west of Kaitaia, off Takahue Saddle Road.
Note: Exits at both Mangamuka Gorge Summit and Takahue Saddle Road require transport back to Kaitaia.
Nature and conservation
Keep an eye out for the many native animals that call Mangamuka home.
Know before you go
- Exits at both Mangamuka Gorge Summit and Takahue Saddle Road require transport back to Kaitaia.
- During times of heavy rain and through winter, this track becomes very muddy and slippery. It is recommended to walk this track only in summer.
- The track requires an above average level of fitness. Taking about 9 hours to complete, this walk is challenging. You should arrange to have transportation to the beginning of the track and arrange to be picked up at the end of the track.
- Good navigation skills are required. Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them or ensure you have at least one experienced person in your party.
- No cell phone coverage along the track.
- No camping.
- No fires due to the risks to wildlife
- Be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on the longer, day walks.
- Be fit and self sufficient.
- Take adequate food and clothing on your trip and allow for weather changes and possible delays.
- Carry water as streams along the way can dry up over summer.
- Take insect repellent.
- Take care with river crossings, especially after rain. If in doubt, sit it out.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back
- Keep to the tracks. If you become lost - stop, find shelter, stay calm and wait for searchers to find you. Don't leave the area unless you are absolutely sure where you are heading.
- Before commencing the walk contact:
Toihu te whenua – leave the land undisturbed
- Respect our cultural heritage
- Protect plants and animals
- Remove rubbish
- Do not cut or remove vegetation
- Light no fires
- Keep to the track
- Consider others
- Enjoy your visit