The difficulty of the tracks listed here are rated by Walk, Hike or Overnight/ Multi day criteria
The Northland Region extends north from the boundary with Auckland in the south, through to the tip of the north Island at Cape Reinga.
Tracks that I have reviewed in more details are also listed here,(as a one liner with the track name, distance and time) just click on the “My Visit” link to view the detailed post.
Te Paki – Te Paki Stream: Walk: 3 hrs/ 7.4 Km Return. walk the stream and sand dunes to ninety mile beach. Car park and track start.
Mangawhai – Tanekaha Tracks: Hike: 1.5 -5 hrs / 3-8 Km, A great network of 5 tracks in native bush on the Brynderwyn Range, over flowing with waterfalls and pools. Tracks earth – boots recommended. Car park: Gravel for about 6 cars on private land.
Whangarei Heads – Te Whara Track : Hike: 8 km /5-6 hrs One Way, or 16km/ 2 days if you book the DoC Peach Cove Hut. This coastal track crosses farm land, beaches and follows the dominant ridge between Urquharts Bay and Ocean beach with fantastic views. Car park: Urquharts or Ocean beach.
Mangawhai – Cliff top walk way: Walk: 2-3 hrs/8.8 Km return, The track runs parallel to the sea along the cliff tops, with fantastic views, return via the beach at low tide or the track. Car park:Mangiwhai heads car park
Tangihua Forest – Mt Horokaka (My Visit): Hike: 6-8 hrs / 10-14 Km return.
Totara North – Wairakau Stream: Hike or Overnight: 12 Km/ 4-5 hrs Return, You must book the Lane Cove Hut if you wish to overnight. The track climbs to a saddle and then descends to follow an estuary through regenerating bush to Hut and the short Dukes nose track. Car park: Small, suit car shuttle from another location.
Rawiti – Cape Brett Track: Hike (long) or Overnight/Multi day: 18km One way/ all day/ overnight.Some people walk the track return in one day, but its much nicer to stay 1, or better 2 nights in the fantastic old lighthouse keepers house – now the DoC Cape Brett Hut(must be booked). Part of this track crosses private lands so there is a one time track fee of $20-40. Car park: Small at Track entrance, other local private off road parking listed on the DoC page(know before you go heading)