Kaitake Range walking tracks

Track category

Walking track


Boars Head Mine

Time: 1 hr 30 min return

Getting there

The track begins at the end of Weld Road, off State Highway 45 south of Oakura.


Boars Head Mine is as close as Taranaki gets to having its own gold mine. For more than 100 years hopeful prospectors dug shafts into the Kaitake Ranges dreaming of striking it rich.

From the end of Weld Road the track follows marker poles across farmland, climbing uphill to the bush line. A well marked track leads 20 min into the bush where the first mine shaft can be found. Follow the steep track down to the river to view two more shafts. While the 30 m long mine shaft at the top of the hill is safe to enter (a torch is recommended) the ones at river level are dangerous and should not be entered.

Sefton Track

Time: 2 hr

Getting there

The Sefton Track begins in Lucy’s Gully. From New Plymouth, follow Devon Street West south, continuing on coastal State Highway 45, 5 km past Oakura. Turn off at the signposted access road.


This short track can be linked with the Waimoku Track to make a loop that returns to Lucy’s Gully. The Sefton Track winds uphill for 2 km before meeting with the Waimoku Track junction. Turn left and head downhill to return to the car park.

Waimoku Track

Time: 4 – 5 hr return

Getting there

The Waimoku Track begins in Lucy’s Gully. From New Plymouth, follow Devon Street West south, continuing on coastal State Highway 45, 5 km past Oakura. Turn off at the signposted access road.


This track leads up to the Patuha Trig (682 m) offering great views along the coast and up to Mt Taranaki. Take the track back down to the car park, or turn left onto the Sefton Track which will return you to Lucy’s Gully just below the Waimoku Track entrance.

Davies Track

Time: 4 – 5 hr return

Getting there

The track is accessed from Surrey Hill Road, off Wairau Road, Oakura.


Leaving the Surrey Hill Road end the route climbs through farmland, following marker poles to the edge of Egmont National Park. From here it climbs steadily through bush to Patuha Trig, offering great views of the coastline and up to Mt Taranaki.

This walk can be combined with the Waimoku Track (total 4hr trip) to descend into Lucy’s Gully. You will need to organise transport to pick you up.

When crossing farmland please respect private property, leave gates as you find them and stay on the route.

About the area

The lowland forest of the Kaitake Range is remarkably different from the rest of the park. A wide variety of warmth-loving semi-coastal forest and smaller plants grow in profusion over what was once a mighty volcano. Tucked at the foot of the ranges, Lucy’s Gully features large stands of exotic redwoods, eucalyptus and Douglas firs.

Plan and prepare

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Location map

Location map of Kaitake Range Walking Tracks.

Related link

Kaitake Range walks brochure (PDF, 353K)


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Alerts for Taranaki places


Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
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Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 27 443 0248
Address:   Manaia Rd
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Phone:      +64 6 759 0350
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