Omanawanui Track is regarded by many as one of the secret jewels in the treasure trove of tracks in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Despite a few steep sections, the track rewards walkers with its sparkling water views out over the Manukau Bar and its mixed canopy forest. Many walkers combine the track with the Kura Track to create a perfect day trip from the Whatipu carpark. Though the direction you do the circuit is up to you, on a hot summer day it can be nice to use the more shaded Kura Track as a way to keep cool on the afternoon return to your car. Just remember to allow time to stop and breathe in the fresh coastal and bush air.
Omanawanui Track details
From Whatipu Road, opposite Puriri Ridge Track, the track follows a gentle, undulating ridge before descending gradually to meet the road again (15 minutes). The track re-enters bush nearby and continues along the ridge with steep sections (caution required). There are rewarding views of the Manukau Harbour entrance, Awhitu Peninsula and Whatipu. The track than swings off the ridge and descends steeply to the Whatipu parking area.
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.