Track Details

  • Start  off State Highway 1, at the Mangamuka Gorge summit: 11.5km, 9-10hrs.
  • Finish at the end of Takahue Saddle Road.

This 11.5km 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.

Mangamuka Scenic Reserve consists of a large forested area (2944 ha). It is home to a wide variety of birds and animals, many of which are regionally and nationally threatened. It is an important site for the long-term maintenance of North Island brown kiwi and kūkupa (New Zealand pigeon) populations. It is also one of the few sites where the threatened freshwater fish, the short-jawed kokopu, has been recorded.

Mangamuka also contains one of the highest quality waterways left in Northland, the Mangamuka stream.

The rolling hill slopes covered in towai forest and manuka/kanuka shrubland form part of a remnant forest that links locally to Mangataipa Scenic Reserve and Raetea Forest.
As development and deforestation continue to diminish forest habitats like this, pristine areas such as Mangamuka become more and more important for the survival of our native species.

Sourced from DoC website


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