Karanui allows residents to connect with nature through its delightful rural setting and impressive outdoor amenities.
A network of well-connected walkways and cycle paths is a central feature of Karanui, for residents to experience the varying characteristics of the entire site, as well as creating opportunities for neighbours to meet.
The extensive walking and cycling network provides a variety of options for residents wanting to connect with nature, including shorter or longer routes that take residents through a range of landscapes, including over volcanic knolls, along streams and through settled enclaves, wetlands and shrubland.
The pathways also connect to the southern entrance of the magnificent Pukenui Forest, which provides an impressive backdrop to Karanui. Within its 592 hectares, Pukenui Forest contains most of the forest species found in Northland following intensive regeneration since the 1920’s. The forest is valued as an important asset for its high conservation values, as well as the high number of historic and cultural sites within the forest.
Over 16km of walking tracks exist within the forest, catering to a variety of abilities, and all featuring passages through impressive native tree stands, including kauri, totara and rimu. The meandering Mangere Stream offers numerous picnic spots throughout the forest.