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Herekino Forest

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Business Type: Kaitaia Walkway


Herekino Forest is home to many rare and threatened species, including the North Island brown kiwi, and small populations of kauri snail. This area is characterised by an unusual combination of forest vegetation.

Address: Larmer Road, Kaitaia, Northland Northland


The 1.5hr (4km) track climbs up to a saddle with a great lookout, and continues on to exit at Veza Road. Some parts are quite steep, but it’s a wonderful forest walk and the shady canopy provides a cooling rest from the sun during the summer. The track is signposted at the end of Larmer Road.

Herekino Forest is known locally as Orowhana, and the saddle as Te Arai, the door. It is believed to be the place spirits pause before heading along Te Ara Wairua (the spiritual pathway) up to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga), the leaping place of spirits departing to their homeland of Hawaiiki-A-Nui.

The area is home to a great range of vegetation from dense low altitude taraire forest to high altitude catchment areas where you can see northern rata and tree ferns. In some areas, you will find kauri forest encompassing tanekaha, kanuka and rewarewa, while on the central and southwestern ridges the mighty kauri dominates.

Source: Department of Conservation


You can find the walkway entrance by travelling south from Kaitaia on SH 1 for about 3 km. Turn right onto Larmer Road and follow it to its end. The track is signposted.

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Herekino Forest
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