Dome Forest car park to Waiwhiu Grove
1 hr 30 min one way
3 km one way
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.
The track then descends gently beyond the Dome trig to the Waiwhiu kauri grove, where 20 mature kauri of up to 4 m girth, which have defied past logging, hint at the forest's original magnificence.
When you get to the Waihwhiu kauri grove there is the option to continue with on the track to Govan Wilson Rd.
This track is part of Te Araroa - The Long Pathway.
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.
The Dome Walkway crosses land sacred to local iwi, please keep to the track.