There are many walks around Kahoe, ranging in length and difficulty. From our farm bush trails to coastal ridges and impressive rock formations, these walking tracks offer diverse and spectacular scenery.
The Rock Pools (also known as the Kauri Dams) are a natural paradise. The pools are a 3 hour (round trip) exclusive to the guests of the hostel.
They are a perfect place for a picnic – a tranquil piece of Kiwi paradise with no crowds and no track. Just ask us for directions and you’ll love it.
Lane Cove Track
This is a New Zealand heritage walk, which is clearly marked and takes you to Lane Cove on the Western Arm of the Whangaroa harbour. The icing on the cake is the climb to Kairara, the Dukes Nose which offers dramatic clifftop views of Pekapeka Bay and the Wairakau Inlet. There is an optional boat pick up from Lane Cove to transport you back to Totara North.
Awesome cliffs, rivers and inlets, stunning subtropical vegetation – a great walk, even on a cloudy day.
Ohakiri Pa/St Paul’s Rock
On the opposite side of the harbour there is Ohakiri Pa/St Paul’s Rock, dome shaped and directly above the Whangaroa township. You can drive to the base and the 20 minute walk to the summit will reward you with sweeping panoramic views of the harbour and surrounds.
Mahinepua Peninsula Track
This Department of Conservation track is approximately 2 hours return. It offers secluded beaches and views of the gorgeous Mahinepua Bay and beyond with Stephenson Island to the left, Flat Island in front and the Cavalli Islands to the right.
Puketi Forest Tracks
There are two short walks in nearby Puketi forest, the Manginangina Kauri Walk and the Puketi Nature Trail. The forest is home to Kauri trees plus a wide variety of other native New Zealand trees and plants. Both walks are family friendly and well worth a visit.