Mangamuka Tramping Track

Alert/Important notice

Helicopter operations / Storm damage

Helicopters operating in the area due to Top Energy carrying out line maintenance 9 - 20 February 2015

Caution required due to storm damage

Track category

Tramping track


9-10 hr


9 km


Mangamuka Tramping Track, covered in kauri and towai forest, is home to a variety of native birds and animals.
Mangamuka Tramping Track, covered
in kauri and towai forest, is home to a
variety of native birds and animals

This track takes approximately 9-10 hours to complete, and the terrain is varied.

Beginning at State Highway 1, 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.

View a track location map

Getting there

The Mangamuka Tramping Track is located south of Kaitaia. You can access the track from State Highway 1, at the Mangamuka Gorge summit, or on State Highway 12, 12 km west of Kaitaia, off Takahue Saddle Road.

Please note: exits at both Mangamuka Gorge Summit and Takahue Saddle Road require transport back to Kaitaia.


Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching

Bird and wildlife watching

Keep an eye out for the many native animals that call Mangamuka home.

Plan and prepare

  • 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 fires
  • No camping
  • Dogs are not permitted on the tracks because of the threat they pose to wildlife.

Notes for trampers

  • 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:

Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Full office details

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

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.

Track location mapMap of the Mangamuka Tramping Track.

Related link

Raetea Forest photo gallery

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Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code

1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Full office details
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