Located south of Helena Bay on the east coast of Northland, New Zealand, the Mimiwhangata Road is a narrow and winding adventure. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs.
The road is unsealed, very narrow and winding. It’s 6.9 km long. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. No cellphone coverage. Drive with care as this is a narrow road with dangerous dropoffs.There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. It’s unsuitable for caravans or larger camper vans. Vehicles with trailers should be okay but please drive extremely carefully. It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse.
The journey offers superb views. It’s definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! At the end of the gravel road is a 2,000-hectare coastal park surrounded by a marine reserve. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card!