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Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland

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Kai Iwi LakesBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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Starting at the carpark next to the Campground pop down onto the beach, turn right and follow the sand until it peters out, then take one of the wee tracks back to the 4WD track. Keep following that track until you come to what looks like an old toilet block set back a bit on your right. If you look left you should see a post with Taharoa Trail on it... go down onto the beach again and go right... just before the beach peters out again if you look right you will see a trail arrow.

Head onto that and enjoy some lovely single trail. Keep on this trail until you come to an intersection with Lake Waikare Trail pointing right. Head up here and follow the signs all of the way around the lake. When you get to what looks like a clubhouse, head towards the road and keep following the lake. In places there is trail and in places it's so overgrown you'll need to head back to the road.

Eventually you will get to a 4WD track and follow that to a barrier with a sign with a kiwi on it. Head past the barrier and shortly after that the trail splits. Once again head right, back on to Taharoa Trail again. This is wide gravelled track that suddenly stops, but if you look right there are tracks through the grass down to re-join the single trail. Follow this back to the northern campground, watching out for the walkway signs to your left and follow that all the way back to the start.

If you want to add the 3rd Lake - Lake Kai Iwi... when you get to the boat ramp, leave the trail and head right, you can then traverse over to the trail around the littlest of the lakes.

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Features of interest

Great views, lots of fantails.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 5%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 5%

Easy Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 18%

Gravel Road: 1%

Sealed Road: 1%

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  • Access

    Find your way to Kai Iwi Lakes, well signposted from Dargaville. Take the first entrance to the Lakes and follow the road around to the campground area.

    Plenty of parking space.

    39 km

    38 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Just use the Lakes, when in doubt look for the route around the lakes.


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Two fresh water lakes

    None really

    Nothing to note

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