Pirongia - Bell/ Tahuanui Loop 1.5 days

Pirongia Forest Park

  • 1 – 2 days loop track
  • Medium

This is a beaut! Fresh air, lush veg and precious plants only 1.5h drive from Auckland.

New Pahautea Hut • By Briar. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
1 – 2 days
11 hr – 14 hr
Distance
20.0km
Type
Loop track
Loop track
Grade
Medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Kaniwhaniwha carpark: Head off the highway Nth of Mt Pirongia, at the Forest Park roadsign - towards Te Pahu, go right; there's a sign before the bridge.
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Maps
NZTopo50-BE33
Altitude
959m

There are luscious glades of podocarps, supplejack forests and swamps (tho not fire ones) which make for lots of extra fun...and the odd swoop of a kereru and tumble of wild pig (heaps) will keep you on your toes.

Tirohanga Peak • By oldbooks4u1. Licence: C.

Along the tops are cool dracos and small eyebrights in summer, and gardens of dack...
hah- gotcha! Dactylanthus, an endangered parasitic plant pollinated by (rare) shorttailed bats, which looks barely more than a lump of root.
Here's a thing: DOC officers doing work up here a few years back could tell these plants were near - because the nectar shows up as fluorescent pink in the possums' bellies, it's a delicacy. Caught: pink-bellied!

Enjoy :-)

Tahuanui Track: about 4-5h to the summit.

Bell Track: about 7-10h to the summit. This one has better camping opps and views out west for sunset.

The DOC site has all the finer details.

 

Map
ID 1919

About this track

Added 28 May 2007 by CarenCaren. 2 revisions, most recently 28 May 2007 by CarenCaren.
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