The Montana Heritage Trail in the Waitakere Ranges provides access to the largest remaining stand of mature kauri trees in the Auckland region. You'll need a picnic and plenty of water if you are going to walk the full 8km of the Montana Heritage Trail.
The trail is the result of a partnership between the Auckland Council and Montana Wines Limited. Several existing tracks in the area known as Cascade Kauri have been upgraded and linked to form this loop trail that is fast becoming an iconic Waitakere Ranges walk. Enjoy a quiet time in ancient and regenerating forest, a hidden cascading waterfall, spectacular views, bountiful birdlife, some special picnic spots and interpretive panels for more information on the trail along the way.
Montana Heritage Trail details
The Montana Heritage Trail is located at Cascade Kauri which is a 25km or a 40 minute drive from downtown Auckland. Follow the north-western motorway (State Highway 16) to the Lincoln Road exit. Turn left onto Lincoln Road and take a right turn onto Universal Drive. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Swanson Road and continue straight ahead onto Scenic Drive. Head along Scenic Drive; turn right into Te Henga Road then left into Falls Road. Drive through the Waitakere Golf Course, past the clubhouse, to the car park at the end of the road. This circular tramp starts from Falls Road carpark then follows the Auckland City Walk, Upper Kauri, Long Road, Fence Line and Auckland City Walk again back to the carpark.
What to expect
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Tramping tracks will:
Consist of formed and drained surfaces.
Be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
Have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.