Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mahinepua Peninsula Track

Kerikeri, Northland

Submitted by Andre Chalmers

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 28 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.4%


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Northland is a chilled out place. So the best way to enjoy it is to chill on the beach with a BBQ or picnic then hit this trail for a some unreal views of the Bay of Islands and get your heart pumping for a few minutes, then take a plunge in the warm sea in this spectacular bay. There is a loop at the end of the peninsula so you can choose which direction to go in, take time to stop and take in the view.

You are unlikely to get into trouble on this one but if you are a complete newbie take a mate, if you are advanced take the opportunity to go off track and explore some of the sweet as beaches.

There are numerous little trails to check out around this region, if the Mahinepua Track is too short for you drive down the road and check out the St Paul's Rock Track in Whangaroa.

My rating is based on the fact it is a lot of effort for a short trail...hence the emphasis on other activities.

Look out for the rare native mistletoe. The bays surround you and on a lucky day you may see whales or dolphins!

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No public transport you will need to drive there, ample parking is near the Cavalli Beach house and track start.

43 km

42 minutes




Keep to the formed track, there is for example some roads near the start that might confuse you. The signage is ample so read them!

Generally good.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Very little drinking water available on anywhere on the track.

Runnable all year round, the main issues to think about are wind as it is coastal and rain as it is quite exposed. Rain may make some sections muddy and slippery.

There are a couple of places where there are steep drop offs especially at the end of the peninsula, obviously be careful around these areas.
This location is a long way from the nearest town so although it is short and sharp make sure you take ample supplies.

Spice Grill Indian Restaurant
20 Leigh St, Kaeo, New Zealand
For a wicked curry and it's probably the closest town to your run head to this place, awesome value.

Food at Wharepuke Restaurant
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
Your probably staying at Kerikeri during your Northland stay since it's such a cool place, I love palm trees so head to this joint for a great meal.

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