Kaitaia Walkway

Situated in the far north of New Zealand, Kaitaia Walkway winds through lush broadleaf and podocarp forest. The forest canopy offers shade for walkers during the summer months and some shelter from the wind and rain during winter.

Kaitaia Walkway’s northern section is built on top of an old formed roadway, providing easy walking conditions, while the southern section is more rugged and includes some river crossings. The southern section features a lookout offering beautiful views over the surrounding area.


Travel south from Kaitaia on State Highway 1 for approximately 3km, before turning right onto Larmer Road. The walkway entrance is signposted at the end of Larmer Road. The exit of the walkway is at Veza Road, off Diggers Valley Road.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation’s website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 1 hour and 30 minutes one way
Length: 4km one way
Created: 22 April 1980
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Kaitaia Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.