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Trounson Kauri Park

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August 2019 Issue

A lasting sanctuary in a sea of farmland, Trounson Kauri Park offers some of Northland’s most impressive remaining giants.

Half an hour from Dargaville, the well-presented park is a humbling stroll back in time which keeps your eyes fixed ever upwards. Almost entirely boardwalked, and with a comprehensive kauri dieback station which all but forces you to clean your footwear, it’s a safe way to observe this threatened taonga. The 1.7km loop track won’t raise a sweat, but the breathtaking kauri will last in memory. When you stand awe-struck before a 1200-year-old specimen, it’s hard to comprehend how any industry could be worth the lives of so many giants. A weta box – full on my visit – is a neat addition to the walk, and the likelihood of spotting North Island brown kiwi at night is high, according to comments in the visitor’s book. I saw my first wild kiwi here within 10 minutes of entering the park after dusk – an emotional moment I’ll never forget.
Total Ascent
12m
Grade
Easy
Time
30min loop
Access
Trounson Park Road, near Dargaville
Map
AX27

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