It is 143Km from The Riverbank to the Omahuta Kauri Forest Sanctuary. We took State Highway 1 to Mangamuka where we turned off west onto gravel road up into the forest. The drive is very scenic with the bush getting more stunning with each kilometre traveled. The Reserve is clearly sign posted about 12 Km form the State Highway.
The walk through the Sanctuary follows a loop path past many large mature magestic kauri and some very large fallen logs that takes about about 30 minutes. It is easy to spend much longer here with these huge kauri. Hokianga, the largest is reportedly the sixth largest in New Zealand. It stands very tall, straight with a huge head. The Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary is home to the 'Ngapuhi Tree', ranked in the top 20 kauri trees of New Zealand.
Not only is there a spectacular Kauri stand, there is also many large rimu and a large variety of other mature natives. Truly a fine bush walk.
We took a detour on the way home and stopped at the Horeke Pub.
This is an absolute must for a touch of a little of New Zealands oldest history. i.e. The oldest pub (Serving beer since 1826) and Horeke being the second oldest town. There is quite a story. Follow the links and visit the village.