Ideal for a weekend break or for those with limited time. A great way to explore the Kaipara, choose from our one day or two day options:
A 2 Day Kaipara Harbour, Farm, Bush & Coast Walk
A 2 day / 2 night 20km walk on Mataia Farm & Conservation Reserve.
Based on the 1600ha Mataia Farm on the Kaipara Harbour, this 2 day walk offers a rare experience of a working farm run conjunctively with a privately-owned intensive conservation project. 400ha of native bush and salt-marsh wetland is completely fenced off from stock, the entire farm is intensively pest-managed and as of May 25 2013 is host to the endangered NZ brown Kiwi.
Spend your first night at historic Mataia Homestead, the heart of the Gardner family farm ‘Mataia’.
On your first day you will walk from Mataia Homestead following alongside the Mataia Creek out to the Kaipara Harbour. The track winds across boardwalks through beautiful Kauri groves, along the coastline through regenerating native bush, established coastal forest and salt marsh wetlands before you head inland into a large stand of native bush known as ‘Hoopers Bush’. From here pass over farmland to your second nights’ accommodation at the Farm Cottage and watch the sun set over the Kaipara Harbour as you enjoy a well-deserved beer or wine!
The next morning wake with the Tui and enjoy rural views before heading out towards the shearing shed. You then walk down over the saltmarsh wetlands before veering off up into ‘Lemon Tree Gully’ to the Pa – the largest ancient Maori Pa site on the farm. From here you walk up in the canopy of the coastal bush with spectacular views out across the harbour through the leaves of the massive Pohutakawa and Puriri. The walk winds back through the native bush before you link up to the Mataia Creek track and finish up back at Mataia Homestead.
Cost: $300 includes two nights accommodation, all meals, track fees, map and booklet and bag transfers.
Or $190 self-cater
No minimum number. Max 10
Again based on Mataia Farm and conservation reserve, this one day circular walk gives a good snapshot of bush, coast and farm.
A 12km circular walk passing over rolling farmland, alongside saltmarsh wetlands, through beautiful coastal forest and native bush with stunning views across the Kaipara Harbour. It will take you a good five hours to walk the round trip starting and finishing back at Mataia Homestead. This is a good walk for those with limited time but still wanting to enjoy a good walk in fabulous surrounds. Ideal for those wishing for a relaxing break with some exercise thrown in!
You can choose to spend either the night before your walk or the night after your walk at historic Mataia Homestead. For those wishing to spend the night before at the homestead before walking the next day, you are welcome to arrive at Mataia anytime from 4:00pm. For those wishing to stay after they have completed the walk, we encourage you to arrive around 10:00am in order to complete and enjoy the walk in good time.
Cost: $160 includes all meals / $130 for just dinner (breakfast & lunch self-cater) / $105 fully self-cater
With the 2 day walk and farm stay you can tailor your own weekend to suit yourself, a group, or a family.
The original farm has been in the Dill family for 5 generations. Each generation has added to the farm which is now a 490 hectare working farm running 4300 sheep and beef stock units.
Cost: Fully catered $275 p.p includes two nights' accommodation,all meals,track fees, map and information booklet and bag transfers.
Self catered: $180 p.p same as above excluding meals.
Guests can choose from the following 3 short walk options:
Riparian Planting walk (approx 3hrs)
On arrival or after a leisurely breakfast at the hut listening to the pigeons and tui, the more energetic can walk down to Dill’s farm riparian planting (hoteo river project).
Starting at the end of Dill Road, descend through the farm to the riparian planting on the Hoteo river. Also a good spot for lunch the new riparian planting area was started by Steve and Clare have started as their contribution to the farm. This is funded by the Auckland Regional Council Hoteo river project and is an attempt to prevent erosion on the river banks and improve the quality of water in the Hoteo River and in turn, the Kaipara Harbour.
Follow the Hoteo towards the Kaipara Harbour. After climbing the hill to Mabel’s Bush rewards with great views of the harbour before descending through native bush to the solar powered, self sustaining hut. The hot shower, eco toilet and BBQ with gas burners and rotisserie will be the only modern items that will remind you that you haven’t travelled back in time. The area is also home to a large wood pigeon (Kereru) population who will happily sit and watch you from the pear tree, and occasionally get a bit tipsy when the fruit is in season.
Waiteparere rapids walk (approx 3hrs return)
Starting from the hut make your way up over farmland towards Mabel's Bush. Descend down to the Hoteo river where you will follow the riverbank through a stand of Manuka and Totara overlooking the rapids, also the site of an old Ministry of Works camp.
Atuanui scenic reserve Maungatu Creek walk (4 hours return)
The Atuanui reserve has one of the earliest walkways gazetted in New Zealand. It is a 615 hectare native forest reserve of mature mixed podocarp and hardwood forest. It is the largest area of native forest between the Waipoua Forest and the Waitakere Ranges. Highlights include some large kauri, rimu and puriri trees as well as a dominant taraire canopy and a rich variety of native vegetation. Kereru, tui, fantail and tomtits are some of the birds seen and heard at Atuanui.There are many niche areas of high biodiversity, including king fern, stalked adders tongue fern, and several species of orchid.
After a relaxing lunch at a pontoon on the Maungatu Creek (and swim for those keen enough) you can return back to the Dill’s farm hut.
Guests can choose from one of the short walks above followed by a one night stay at the Dill's farm river hut, with the option of a chef catered meal to finish your day.
Cost: Fully catered $175 p.p. Includes one nights' accommodation,all meals,track fees, map and information booklet and bag transfers.
Self-catered $105p.p As above excluding meals. Full cooking faciities are available.
Guided walk & Other options
If you have a large group you can also hire a guide who has a wealth of knowledge on native flora and what it was used for by local Maori. He will also show you how to harvest flax and provide a weaving demonstration/lesson
Cost: $250 per group.