Trounson Kauri Park Loop Track

Trounson Kauri Park Loop Track


42 Rankers Reviews

38 Face-to-Face

5 Dargaville

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The Four Sisters - Trounson Kauri Park


1.6 km return | 40 minutes return

Kauri grow prolifically on the reserve in symmetrical columns of untapering beauty. They grow in dense stands and are sometimes the only tree in a particular area of forest.

Trounson Kauri Park is a short walk doozy. Trounson provides a unique combination of being a mainland island (this means that predatory pests are trapped and native bird-life are more abundant) PLUS you walk amoungst the giants of New Zealand forest - the mighty kauri trees.

Less busy than the Tane Mahuta walk.

Stay the night in the connected DOC campground and have a chance of seeing wild Kiwi at night. What a treat!


Trounson Kauri Park is signposted from S.H.12 along Kaitui Road from the north (8km) and Trounson Park Road from the south (7km).

There is a DoC campground (open only in summer) and toilets nearby.

The track entrance is signposted 100m from the junction with Mangatu Road along Trounson Park Road, where there is a large parking area.


The track is wide, even and metalled. It performs a loop through the forest, over a substantial boardwalk and alongside a stream.

Information panels and two poetic auditory accompaniments give information on the kauri and ecology of the forest.


The forests of Northland are presided over by a conspicuous, eerie quietness that is only broken by the occasional chuckling of a stream or the rusting of foliage in the wind. The rush of wings or the melancholy tunes of the forests’ avian residents are sadly absent.

Predation by stoats, ferrets and cats; loss of habitat through land clearance for farming and exotic forestry; and competition for food from possums and rats have crushed bird numbers to low levels. Some populations are below the threshold needed to survive.

The mainland island concept was introduced to preserve environments where predator numbers are controlled through trapping and poisoning. The native plant species are given a chance to proliferate, supplying an abundant food resource to the native birds.

Species such as North Island brown kiwi, kukupa, pekapeka (bats) and kauri snail now have recovering populations in Trounson’s protected confines.

European History

In 1890 James Trounson set aside 3.14 hectares of land for a reserve and added 21.45 hectares later. Before the park was officially opened in 1921 a further 367 hectares were added. The total area now comprises 457 hectares


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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

12 September 2018. Basically as previously described. We walked in light and dark. Glow-worms in places. Saw one or possibly two kiwis, just about! Great place to go. Shame about the kauri die-back but good protections in place, please use them.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Andreas Zedelius


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk to giant Kauri trees.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Katharina Gans


Ranking: 9/10

A loop track with a length from 1.5 km. A nice collection of Kauri trees. A beautiful walk. The DOC campsite Trounson Kauri Park is directly next door.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Dave Rollison

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk through the forest, mainly on a boardwalk. We did it twice - initially to familiarise ourselves and then at night, but sadly we didn't see any kiwis,

We stayed overnight at the DOC site next to the park - great value for money as it has a number of powered sites, plus a kitchen for those without their own facilities. Best approach is from the south; the one from the north requires 8km drive over a gravel road.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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John and Jan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A wonderful introduction to the native forests. We repeated the walk in the dark but failed to spot a kiwi - only met other campers and one scared possum!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Gerbrand Smidt


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk, because of the big kauri trees and forest experience.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stella and Merle


Ranking: 8/10

Walkway through a very nice Kauri forest, less tourists than at Waipoua - very good!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Julie Duvert


Ranking: 10/10

I really recommend to do this walk if you want to see kiwi birds but cannot afford a guided tour (the local guided tours will bring you to this same place anyway). Try to avoid big groups or you won't see any. We were lucky to see one kiwi bird (we heard many others) but loud people were also around so we had to be patient.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Interesting to see how big the Kauri trees can grow and unbelievable that they are so old.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Klaas Huis


Ranking: 9/10

Kauri trees walk.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Damaris Mayer


Ranking: 8/10

Nice walks and not over crowded.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Kathrin Lerch


Ranking: 10/10

Nice to walk in the shadows of these giant trees.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Daniel Garcia Dezgado


Ranking: 8/10

Night walk to see Kauri amazing.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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