3 hours return
View from Matamataharakeke track
Begin opposite the Waikawau Camp Office at the top of the Pump paddock, and cross over a stile next to the Matamataharakeke Stream. The track is part of the original Waikawau to Kennedy Bay route used by gold miners and loggers. It goes up the main ridge past a series of lookouts giving views over bush covered hills to coast and islands.
Waikawau Bay is 42 km north of Coromandel town. The track starts opposite the Waikawau Bay Conservation Campsite Office at the top of the Pump paddock.
Plan and prepare
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.
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.