Tracks suitable for Day hikes in the Northland Area
- Wairakau Stream, Totora North
- Mt Horokaka, Tangihua
- Bream Head Track, Whangerai
- Wairakau stream, this track heads over a saddle in to the South Western arm of the Whangaroa Harbour. While only about 6km one way, it can make both a brilliant day hike and an overnight trip as there is a Serviced 16 bunk hut at the end.(*1) (the hut must be booked in advance!)
- Mt Horokaka, in the Tangihua Forest just west of Whangarei, there is a bunch of shorter tracks at the beginning, but the Horokaka track is one of my favourite tracks and all though its only around 12.5km return it can be a pretty challenging track for most, both the terrain and staying on the actual track. Recommend hiking boots.
Te Whara Track, (Bream Head Track) Running through the Bream Head Scenic Reserve, the track follows the ridge line between Ocean Beach and Urquharts Bay – 7.5 – 10km depending on the other associated tracks.
The Track has spectacular views to the open Ocean, Islands and surrounding Coastline all year around. Be prepared for a stiff cold wind and rain squalls all year around as marine weather can change really fast.
Now that it is part of the Te Araroa walkway, there are plenty of stairs to excite you, and it can now be muddy along the Ridge line. It is well worth the side trip to Peach Cove, (note: Peach Cove hut must be pre booked) and Smugglers Cove.(fantastic swimming)
(*1) This area including the Lane cove hut has many childhood and early adult memories for me as it was part of the reserve that my father managed and I later worked in. It still rates as Paradise for me, even if its no where as big as it used to feel!