Duke's Nose (Kairara Rocks) Track...

Duke's Nose (Kairara Rocks) Track

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500 m one-way | 45 minutes one-way

Read this description with Wairakau Stream Track, as it makes a great overnighter if you like. Getting up the Duke’s Nose is tricky, but once your on the top, it’s a special place to be. The top of the bluffs have been weathered to form bulbous pedestals, ready to topple at any moment. The Duke’s nose is one such example. Waterfalls cascade over the cliffs and rock pinnacles tower over the headlands between coves. This is a unique Tolkienesque landscape.

Access

The start of the track is signposted from Lane Cove Hut.

Track

The track is marked with orange triangles and climbs steadily through forest for 25 minutes.

The final few metres involve climbing the near-vertical rock face to the summit. The matrix of stones in the rock allows for hand and foot holds to be located, but you must be capable of basic rock climbing to attempt this walk.

Geology

The track leads to Pekapeka Bay, a many tentacled inlet of Whangaroa Harbour. Towering bluffs and vertical cliff faces protrude through the forested valleys. The landscape resembles a miniature fiord. Turquoise waters blend with mangrove forests at the base of the cliffs, from where the lush forest climbs the valley sides.

The top of the bluffs have been weathered to form bulbous pedestals, ready to topple at any moment. The Duke’s nose is one such example. Waterfalls cascade over the cliffs and rock pinnacles tower over the headlands between coves. This is a unique Tolkienesque landscape.

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North IslandNorthlandKaeo

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  • Walking
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Marie's avatar

Marie

Ranking: 10/10

Only made it to the stream, which is the shortest walk of 3 designated. Took us about an hour for one way. Beautiful walk through forest and breathtaking place at the stream. Definitely recommend!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Luke

Ranking: 10/10

My favourite hike in Northland. It's a good workout but the views are well worth it. Just make sure to start early so you don't have to rush your time up top.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Sammy Cronin

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome hike - good distance and great views! Not a hike everyone knows about, which is amazing, definitely a hidden gem!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Courtney Quintrell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous views 360 degrees from the top. Met some really nice DOC workers on the trail as well.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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