Pukenui Forest track
Image: Mackenzie Hita | DOC


Escape the city as you cross through lush farmlands into this beautiful native forest. This iconic feature of the Whangārei landscape offers a moderately difficult, but enjoyable walk through stunning native bush that is home to many precious native species.

Adventure time: 1 hr
Distance: 3 km return
Travel: 10 km from Whangārei CBD

Make sure you clean your shoes and keep off kauri roots.


  • Discover the largest remaining area of native bush in the Whangārei area.
  • Home to North Island brown kiwi, longtail bats, white ruru, king ferns, giant tōtara, kauri, kahikatea and many other native flora and fauna.

To get your medal

  1. Plan your visit to Pukenui Forest (this adventure is on the Pukenui Forest Loop). Check for facilities and alerts before you go.
  2. Download the adventure map (PDF, 80K)
  3. Go on your adventure and find the code word on the Kiwi Guardians post.
Claim your medal

Claim your medal using the code word for this adventure. Each Kiwi Guardians adventure has a different medal – see how many you can collect.

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