- Ranginui Trig Road: This begins close to the house before the locked gate to “Rimu Road”. It can be unsuitable for 2WD cars depending on weather events and usage. It is owned and maintained by Telecom, not NFRT. The Mangatutu Ecological Area is down to the left. From the intersection with (5) the road becomes much steeper and usable only by a 4WD. There are excellent views of Pureora and the Central NI mountains from the Trig. The vegetation at this altitude is ‘goblin’ (kamahi) forest with patches of dracophyllum. (About 2 hrs walking one way). Night Walk: Look for glowworms on the banks beside the track. Morepork and kaka can be heard too.
- Owawenga Road: (Named ‘Rangitoto Walk’ by the woolshed) This is the access road into the Rangitoto Station house. The views (now largely obscured by vigorous regeneration) to the right a short way along the track are down the Waimahora Valley. Continue along (2) and through the locked gate at the back of the Reserve (to enter the Cowan Wildlife Reserve). If you turn left after some distance at an obvious intersection you will see signage to the DOC ‘Wildlife hut’. (About 1½ to 2 hours walking one way from the house).
- Rangitoto Trig Track: Begins on right about 20 min along Owawenga Track. This old 4WD track leads up through attractive regenerating bush on Cowans’ QEII covenanted land to Rangitoto Trig. Excellent views. The Trig is 7 min further on from the masts. (1 to 2 hrs one way, quick return)
- This track has been removed.
- Punga Fence Track: Good navigation skills are necessary for anyone attempting this track and markers can be overgrown. From (1) it goes up through a quarry to the highest point on the Reserve, the grassy patch of Baldy. Good views. From Baldy follow battens with pink triangles down to find the continuation of the track which joins (2) near the Owawenga Stream. (Useful to know if you find yourself up there in cloud!) If going in the other direction, turn left off (2) shortly after crossing the stream, then head to the right off the obvious track marked with pink triangles. The junction of Punga and Saddle Tracks is adequately marked with wooden signage.
- Zigzag Track: A short track between (1) and the airstrip. From (1) it begins just along from the end of the first quarry and goes up behind it. From the airstrip, it begins a short distance south and just down the slope – turn sharp left.
- Airstrip Track: It begins on the right past the Red Marker Track on (1), but on the other side.
- Saddle Track: Marked with pink triangles, this is a bush track for trampers with good navigation skills as markers may be overgrown. There is a magnificent rimu a few seconds in, and good birdlife. The start is from the far side of the saddle on (1) along from the first quarry. It is signposted and connects with (5).
- Mangatutu Track: The main access track down to this area begins at a signpost on the left along (1). Cross the Reserve to the point where the track divides into two, shortly before reaching the forest edge.
9a. Red Marker Track: Carry on straight ahead after having crossed the Reserve. This is the principal route into the Mangatutu Ecological Area and is well marked, with red markers. This is where predator control begins, to protect kokako in particular. Along the way, there is a short side-track leading to an impressive kahikatea.
9b. White Marker Track: This is the left branch. It crosses streams several times and shouldn’t be attempted during or immediately after heayy rain. Wondrous mature forest and birdlife. Plenty of steep and slippery sections. Links with the Red Marker Track near the Mangatutu River.
9c. Mangatutu Track: This track is marked with red markers. Most prefer to start from (1) by the sign on the left, shortly before reaching Baldy. The route descends through some mature forest, crossing the Mangatutu River many times before joining the Red Marker Track in the valley.
Parent Reserve: Rangitoto Reserve