Brynderwyn Hills Walk

Brynderwyn Hills Walk

Western end


Time: 2 hr - 3 hr 30 min Distance: 10 km

Follow the orange marker posts leading past the Forest Manager’s residence and through farmland. You pass below a transmitter station and the track leads you over undulating ground through a pine block. From here, you can get excellent views northward to Whangarei Heads, Bream Bay and out to sea.

The track then skirts around the top of a large quarry owned by Maungaturoto Transpost. From the quarry, the track continues along the ridge, through a flimsy wire gate on an old logging road. Please be aware that these logging roads can be muddy in places especially after rain. The road travels above a basin of native bush then the walkway drops off the road steeply (16-25 degree slope) down steps until you reach the bush clad valley floor and a stream. Walking time to the stream from State Highway 1 a approximately 1.5 hours.

The track then meanders along the valley through native bush before widening into a logging road. The logging road climbs from the valley, through pines and onto the major ridge of the Brynderwyns. At the high point, a metalled track winds out to the Massey Road entrance. Massey Road to SH1 entrance is 7 km and takes about 3 hours.

From Massey Road, you can visit the highest point on the Brynderwyns at Trig 1579 (397 metres, a hill known as Marunui). This takes 1 hour up a metalled windy track and then onto a forestry road.

The walkway begins at the summit of the Brynderwyn Hills on State Highway 1 opposite the Skyline Tearooms (293 metres elevation). The entrance sign and carparking area identifies the beginning of the walkway with orange marker posts. You can exit the western section at Massey Road, which is about 8 km from SH 1 off Glenmohr or South Road (in Waipu).


Feature Value Info


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  • Walking
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