Dome Forest car park to Waiwhiu Grove

Track category

Tramping track


1 hr 30 min one way


3 km one way


Group at the trig on the Dome Forest walkway. Photo: DOC.
Group at the trig on the Dome Forest

First complete the Dome Forest car park to lookout short walk.

From the lookout the track changes to a tramping track and it's a steep scramble to the Dome summit, where you can see Taranga Island (a nature reserve and the 'hen' of the Hen and Chickens Islands) in the distance. 

There is the option to continue on the track to Govan Wilson Rd.

This track is part of Te Araroa - The Long Pathway.

Getting there

The walk starts beside the Dome tearooms, 7 km north of Warkworth on SH 1, 74 km north of Auckland.

The main area is 68km from downtown Auckland, and 10km from Warkworth.

Plan and prepare

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.


Dogs are not permitted on the tracks because of the threat they pose to stock and wildlife. Exceptions include certified guide dogs and permitted hunting dogs.

Keep to the track

The Dome Walkway crosses land sacred to local iwi; keep to the track.

Related links


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Auckland places


Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:      +64 9 425 7812
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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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