Tangihua Main Ridge Track
The Tangihua Main Ridge Track is located in the Tangihua Forest, which is halfway between Whangarei on Northland’s east coast and Dargaville on the west coast. Your best access into Tangihua Forest is from Omana Road.
The Omana Road Tangihua access car park has parking for 15 cars. You will need to walk 30 minutes along a formed road to the bush line. From here, it is another 15 minutes until you reach Tangihua Lions Lodge, a good orientation point for tracks and walks in the forest.
The Tangihua Main Ridge Track forms a link between the Horokaka Track and the Te Haua Uru Track, a loop that takes about 9 hours to complete, ending at the Tangihua Lions Lodge. Alternatively, having completed the Tangihua Main Ridge Track, trampers can continue northwards on the Northern Tangihua Track which leads to the Tangihua Hut, a further 2-3 hours tramp from the Main Ridge Route – Te Haua Uru intersection.
The Whangarei Tramping Club reopened and cut the Tangihua Main Ridge Track in 1991. It is a rough track, which follows the main ridge through thick vegetation. The views from the track are very rewarding on a clear day.
Although the distance from Horokaka to the end of the Tangihua Main Ridge Track is not great, the track is very undulating and travel is quite slow.
Tangihua Forest is a distinctive, rugged landmark of the Whangarei/Dargaville area, covering 3000 hectares of mainly podocarp broadleaf forest and some kauri.
Long before Europeans settled the Wairoa Basin, the Parawhau hapu inhabited this area. The Parawhau, Uriroroi and Kuihi hapu of Ngapuhi are the kaitiaki (caretakers) of the cultural and spiritual integrity of this site. They have a strong affiliation to Ngatiwhatua.
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