| The Trails

Woodhill Heritage Trails 
are currently closed (2016)

The Woodhill Heritage Trails link two public access areas through Woodhill Forest north-west of Auckland; Muriwai Regional Park and Rimmer Rd, near Helensville.  The trails also link with Te Ngahere o Woodhill Eke Hoiho

You can walk or horse ride on the trails.  All horse riders must be registered (or pay the casual riders fee) and abide by all safety regulations within the forest.
Check the Official Website, or info line 


Public information line

0800 732 738

Woodhill Heritage Trails

There are two North-South oriented trails >>

Te Ara Raranga  the weaving trail

A  wide easy graded trail all the way from Old Telephone Track to Temu Rd, where it becomes partly single track but still easy until Rimmer Rd.  Or if you prefer use Coast Rd if there are no vehicles using it for Harvesting operations.
Why the weaving trail?
Weaving (raranga)  is a strong and repeated theme.   

pingao is a native plant much treasured for traditional weaving (raranga); at the same time it is also a plant treasured for weaving the drifting sand together - helping to hold the dunes in place. 
As you travel the trails you will weave in and out of the trees at different stages, and with different ecosystems.  These different landscapes also represent the different stages of dune stabilisation, so think of yourself as weaving through history as you travel the trails. 

Te Ara Haruru  the roaring trail

The roaring (haruru)  of the surf on the beach is your constant companion for several hundred metres inland. 
A more advanced trail in the coastal strip of trees that can include steep slopes, blind corners and some trickier terrain.  This trail may be closed in high winds.

Emergency Contacts:


Suzanne Clarke-Taipeti Mob: 0276952472
Wikiriwhi Ratima Mob: 021 130 6722
Office Phone: 09 420 9566

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Hancock Forest Management (weekdays only ): 0274 449605

Forest Security: 0275 355770

Woodhill Bike Parks: (only if unable to get any of the above) 0272 780969

Muriwai Park Rangers (for Muriwai Regional Park only): 0272 901287