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The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited destinations in the country recognised for its beautiful valleys and scenic mountains. This subtropical region, located in the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna within a complex ecosystem. Featuring numerous activities from relaxation to action-packed adventures, the Puketi Nature Trail is one activity that you won’t want to miss.

The Nature Trail forms one section of the biggest continuous tracks of native forest in the Northland of New Zealand. Beginning at the Puketi Forest Recreation Area, the trail follows a loop that leads walkers through the amazing rainforest of Puketi. The lower section of the track shows a great stand of mature kahikatea and a large selection of epiphytes and mosses, whereas the furthest section is the perfect point to view the forest’s rich canopy.

Take the one hour Puketi Nature Trail with a professional guide to ensure your safety and to learn about the complex biodiversity of New Zealand. Additional half day, full day, or night time tours are also available to book. View the physical environment consisting of various types of hardwood, native trees, and numerous types of organisms that are hidden within the forest. Keep an eye out also for the many populations of kaka, kiwi, kokako and lesser short-tailed bats.


The most popular attraction of the trail is the Kauri trees that are found only in this region. Recognised as one of the world’s largest tree species, these cone-bearing trees are situated at the furthest point of the track within the 15,000-hectare forest that includes endless plateaus, swamps, streams, and steep cliffs.

Getting there


When travelling south on SH10, Puketi Kauri Forest is signposted 2.4 kilometres south of Kaeo.

If travelling north on SH10, turn left onto Pungaere Road and continue for approximately 12 kilometres or around 11 minutes when driving. Once you’ve reached the T-intersection, turn left and continue along the road for approximately 750 metres. Turn right at the DOC sign for Puketi Kauri Forest and continue a short distance to the Puketi Recreational Area. The Puketi Nature Trail begins at the information shelter near the Puketi Forest Hut.

What to bring

It is recommended that you bring a backpack, light waterproof jacket, hat and sunscreen. It is also encouraged that you wear protective shoes or walking boots for the nature trail.