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Tokatoka Peak

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Business Type: Dargaville

Overview

This volcanic wonder is a rare phenomenon, the heavily eroded lava plug from an ancient eruption.

Address: Tokatoka Road, Northland Northland

Description

Drive along SH12 towards Dargaville and you’ll blink twice and stare in disbelief at an outlandish conical rock thrusting up like a bizarre beacon in an alien world. The sudden appearance of this fantasy feature is an instant challenge for lovers of high places. This volcanic wonder is a rare phenomenon, the heavily eroded lava plug from an ancient eruption. It can be climbed in 20 minutes if you’re up for a near-vertical scrabble on a 420 step, ‘steep-as’ track, clinging to vines and ignoring brief flashes of vertigo.

Tokatoka Peak protrudes on the flat green pastoral landscape of Kaipara Harbour, which means the all-around views are fantastic. On a clear day Bream Head is visible in the east, Maunganui Bluff to the north and Glink’s Gully to the west. This scenic reserve is 17km south of Dargaville on Tokatoka Road near the Tokatoka Tavern – no bad thing after the knuckle-busting climb.  

More Information: Department of Conservation

Locations

The turn off to this reserve is located 17 km south of Dargaville on SH 12 at the Tokatoka Tavern. The reserve entrance sign is on your left-hand side near the top of the hill.

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