Lake Ohia Gumhole Reserve Walk
10 min return
Gumhole board walk
This former lake bed offers snapshots of the recent past and ancient history showing visible effects of gum-digging and featuring ancient remains of a once thriving kauri forest.
View and appreciate the massive amount of labour that went into the gum fields that were dug over by hundreds of workers when kauri gum replaced gold as New Zealand's most valuable export.
This short (10 minute return) walk is metalled and connected with boardwalks. It loops through manuka scrub growing close to the track. The walk passes a series of holes excavated by gum diggers.
Throughout the walk you find information signs about the history of the site and nearby areas of significance.
It’s an ideal place to take the family on a historical outing. This site has multiple tables and shady areas, a perfect setting for a picnic.
View a track location map
From Kaitaia, head north until you reach Awanui, turn right onto State Highway 10. From State Highway 10, turn left onto Inland Road, follow for 2km. You will come to a small roadside parking area on your right, where the Gumhole Reserve is signposted.
Plan and prepare
Toihu te whenua – leave the land undisturbed
- Respect our cultural heritage
- Protect plants and animals
- Remove rubbish
- Do not cut or remove vegetation
- Light no fires
- Keep to the track
- Consider others
- Enjoy your visit
Help stop kauri dieback
Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.
- Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
- Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.
Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.
Track location map
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