Tokatoka Lookout is a fabulous short walk located near Dargaville in New Zealand's Northland region, Tokatoka peak is what remains of an extinct volcano, this odd looking peak that is very steep sided is the core of the volcano the outer soft rock has eroded away leaving the solid lava flow at the center.
In the very early days of New Zealand history the river pilot lived at the base of Tokatoka Peak on the shores of the Wairoa River that flows directly below the peak and watched for any ships entering the Wairoa from the Kaipara Harbor.
The Tokatoka Peak walk starts of with a meander through native bush but this soon ends and a very steep climb up the mountain side starts, the last twenty meters is very exposed and narrow with lose rocks, if you do not want to climb the last section you can still get a great view of the Wairoa river below the climb takes around twenty minutes and is not suitable in adverse conditions.
Maungaraho Rock is another extinct volcanic plug similar to Tokatoka Peak that has eroded over time and is located just a few kms from the Tokatoka Peak however the similarities end there, Maungaraho Rock stands like a monolith out of the surrounding landscape.
This walk is much tougher then the Tokatoka track, there are two tracks here one skirts around the base of the rock hugging the cliff side with some fantastic native bush and is fairly easy walking the other much more demanding track winds through some native bush then the chains start.
The chains are bolted into the rock face as this accent is very steep and very slippery even in dry weather the chains are there to assist the accent up to the summit and decent back down the mountain, the climb up to the first lookout is moderate then the climb follows a narrow ridge line with vertical drops the climb up will take around thirty minutes and is very difficult never attempt this climb in adverse conditions the decent back down will be very demanding in wet weather.