Trip Info

A few things you need to know if you decide to book with us:

Trail Drop Whangarei provides return transport from Whangarei Central to Whangarei Heads.

You choose your stop and how to spend your time, all walks are self-guided. 

You have a scheduled amount of time to explore, before we pick you up and return to the Town Basin.

The 'Total Trip Time' includes the drive to and from Whangarei Heads, which ranges from 30-45 minutes each way. You will be provided with a Shuttle Timetable on the day.

We depart from beside Te Manawa The Hub Information Centre at the Town Basin Whangarei. This is also our return point.

You must be on site and ready to depart at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 

You must be waiting at your pick up location on time, to enure you catch the shuttle back. We recommend being there at least 5 minutes early.

You will need to bring all of your gear/supplies with you and take them when you depart the shuttle. 

We recommend you bring the follow items with you:

Water - at least 1L
Food or snacks

Appropriate footwear
Lightweight rain jacket

Our climate can be humid so you might need more water than usual. Our weather can be a little temperamental, so we recommend carrying a lightweight rain jacket with you. Also, our sun is very intense and you can burn within 10 minutes in Summer even if it's overcast, we recommend 30+ SPF sunscreen applied 30 minutes before going outside.

You will need appropriate footwear if you are completing a walk. Some of the tracks have tree roots and rocks that you will need to navigate around.

You can check the weather forecast at The Rain Radar is a great resource, go to the Maps tab.

Other Info:

We ask that you stick to the marked walking tracks, you have less chance of getting lost or injuring yourself, this also protects the wild environment.

You must take all of your belongings with you especially rubbish.

Please do not feed the wildlife or leave any food behind as it can harm them and their young, it can also attract unwanted predators.

Leave gates as you find them.

Locate toilets the toilets on your track - usually at the beginning and end.  It is unacceptable to defecate on tracks in New Zealand.

DOC (Department of Conservation) tracks are marked with orange triangles, these are usually attached to the trees (or posts) and point in the track direction.

Cellphone reception - there is coverage along parts of the tracks however it depends on your service provider.

Additional Resources:

For further information on all the walking tracks visit:

    DOC (Department of Conservation) at

    Discover Whangarei Heads at

    Whangarei District Council at

For further info on the Whangarei area visit:

    Northland Inc at

    Whangarei: Love it Here at

    Whangarei District Council at