Coronation Scenic Reserve Tracks
Coronation Scenic Reserve is part of the larger Pukenui Forest, Ngahere o Pukenui, or Western Hills. These are the treasured, green clad hills that you see from almost everywhere within the city, contributing greatly to the beauty of the Whangarei city.
There are four walking tracks within the Coronation Scenic Reserve ranging from short walks to a 3 hour walk. Parts of the track are narrow and steep and may be muddy and slippery when wet so a moderate level of fitness and ability is required, along with appropriate clothing.
This track is surfaced and there are numerous steps and board walks.
The track that departs from the Quarry Arts Centre is well maintained with steps and boardwalks. This track has a slight detour that takes you to the remains of the Maori pa site. This track continues up to meet the Frank Holman Memorial Track at the ridge.
FLORA AND FAUNA
The eastern fringes of the forest are bounded by the edge of the city itself - from Maunu in the South to Western Hills Drive and Kamo in the North. Much of the bush within the Coronation Reserve area has been cleared within the last 150 years, however it is regenerating vigorously, with a high density of podocarps and, some remnants of the old forest do remain. At night, you may even still hear the shrill call of the kiwi bird.
The Kauika Pa and Pa of Te Parawhau sites within Coronation Scenic reserve have extensive pit, terrace, defensive ditch, walking track, middens, and elevated fighting platform features. These pa sites were part of a single defence unit built at the end of a steep ridge overlooking Whangarei.
The goldmine alongside Rust Track was driven in the 1870’s but proved uneconomic. There is little visual evidence of the mining today.
The Reserve was purchased by the Borough of Whangarei in 1912 to commemorate the coronation of King George V.
DOWNLOAD A MAP
Download a map of the Coronation Reserve Tracks here.
There are a number of entry points to the Reserve; Kauika Road West, Selwyn Ave through the Quarry Craft Centre, Russell Road (not far from the Whangarei Quarry Gardens).
- Quarry Arts Centre to Pa site 450m 20mins
- Quarry Arts Centre to Frank Holman track 900m 1 hour
- Frank Holman Memorial track 3.7km 2.5 hours
- Kauika Road West to Pa site 750m 25min
- Rust track 450m 20min (no parking available from this entry point)