Pukenui Forest Track

Pukenui Forest Track

Western Hills and Pukenui Forest


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Marios Gavalas

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8.2 km return | 4 hours return

There are many characters to the forest on this walk. On the ridges taraire predominate, while solid totara inhabit the slopes. The large kauri is a remnant of the forest which once covered the area before it was logged in the 1920s. In the gullies, fields of paritaniwha line the streamsides.


From Whangarei follow S.H.1 to Kamo and turn left into Three Mile Bush Road. 3.7km further on the right is a small parking bay by Amalin Drive, from where the start of the walk is signposted.


The track is well formed, marked with orange triangles and involves the crossing of several narrow streams.

For approximately 15 minutes the track crosses paddocks and stiles over the dry stone walls to the forest boundary. Head right along the fenceline to a signpost where the track branches (15 minutes).

Following the track in an anticlockwise direction for 1¼ hours arrives at a large kauri. After 1 hour the track drops to a stream and the junction with the Taraire Ridge Track. To complete the loop takes a further 45 minutes.

European History

The stone walls, which bring a slice of Yorkshire to the initial stages of the walk, were constructed by the McGregor brothers around the time of World War 2. The Whangarei region was littered with angular rocks of volcanic origin. When the land was cleared for agriculture, the rocks were collected and tessellated to form the durable and sturdy walls. Some walls in the region date to the 1860s. The walls were built because of their permanence. They need little maintenance and combine function with attractiveness.


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DOC Northland

Central government organisation


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  • Walking
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Vic Baughen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Superb greenery and bush. Track well maintained. Predator control very good.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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