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Tutukaka Coast - Bush and Coastal Walks

Bush and Coastal Walks

Ngunguru Mangrove Walkway

Take this small, easy walk by entering the signposted walkway from either Munro Place, Ngunguru, or beside the Ngunguru Library.
Stroll beside the mangroves.  Safe and easy pathway.  20 mins return

Ngunguru to Whangaumu (Wellingtons) Bay

Start from Ngunguru School or from the southern end of Whangaumu Bay.
Walk best attempted at low tide, or two hours either side of low tide.  Approximately 40 mins walking along the beach, over rocks and up and down a hill.
40 minutes each way.
From Ngunguru School, head east along the beach, and thru to 3 more bays, including Red Rock Bay.  At the end of Red Rock Bay, take the beaten grass path up and over the hill.  At the top of the hill is a seat to rest and take great photos of Whangaumu Bay, Ngunguru Bay, Ngunguru Sandspit and beyond.  Stroll down the hill into Whangaumu Bay. 
For a really long walk, walk back to Ngunguru via the road.

Tane Moana Kauri Track/ Te Araroa Walkway

This walk takes about 2 hours one way, or 4 hours return.  Take water, and wear decent walking shoes.
The walk is part of the Te Araroa Walkway, from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Enter the walk from either Clements Rd, Matapouri, or Waiotoi Rd, Ngunguru.  Look out for the signposts.
Starting from Waiotoi Road, walk up over the hill and enter logging country.  Not very pretty, but continue on into beautiful native bush.  Eventually you will encounter Tane Moana, the largest Kauri tree on the Tutukaka Coast, and one of the largest in the North.  There is a boardwalk around Tane Moana to protect this iconic tree's roots.  If you have been walking in regions where there are other kauri trees, please make sure your shoes are nice and clean before you take this walk, as there is a disease killing some of our kauri trees, and we don't want it to spread here.  Take some great photos here, then carry on through more native forest to Clements Road and the end of your walk.

Tutukaka Estates Walkway (off Lawson Drive, at the bottom of the road to Whangaumu Bay)

Walk along Lawson Drive and thru a security gate affording public access up a concrete driveway to the top of the hill, where you can sit a while and take great photos of the Hen and Chickens Islands, Little Barrier Island and other offshore islands.  5 minute walk each way.

Rauhomaumau Bay, off Motel Road, Tutukaka; or access at Dolphin Bay, off Tutukaka Block Road

Called the William Parata Walkway, the steep track is a 30 min walk each way, so good walking/tramping shoes are recommended.
Access from Rauhomaumau Bay or from Dolphin Place, Dolphin Bay.  From Dolphin Place, walk up the steep track to the trig station, where you will find wonderful views of the Poor Knights Islands, the Ngunguru Sandspit, and the Tutukaka Harbour.

Tutukaka Headland, to the Lighthouse

Drive north past Tutukaka Harbour, and take the next street on the right, Landowners Lane, and park in the carpark.  This walk takes approximately 1 hour return, and is best attempted one hour either side of low tide.  Wear good walking/tramping shoes, and this track is steep and can be slippery in places.  Take the grassy path out along the headland, then the steps down to the beach.  Cross the causeway to Kukutauwhao Island and follow the track up to the lighthouse and wonderful views.

Matapouri Bay to Whale Bay

This upgraded walking track takes about 45 minutes return, and is a great walk from one beautiful bay to another.  Take your togs (swimsuit) and have a relaxing swim at either beach.  Access from the carpark at the end of Ringer Avenue, Matapouri, or from the beach at Whale Bay.  From Matapouri, walk left along the beach and cut through a well worn grassy path to a pebbly beach.  On the left you will see the track climbing up the cliff.  Enjoy the native bush and sea views as you make your way to Whale Bay, considered the most beautiful beach on the Tutukaka Coast.  Walk up another track to the Whale Bay carpark, or head back along the track you came on, to Matapouri.

Whananaki Coastal Walkway

Start your walk at McAuslin Road, Sandy Bay.  The Whananaki Coastal Walkway takes approx 2 hours each way.  Good walking/hiking shoes are recommended.  Follow the track through farm land and along coastal ridges to Whananaki.  Take in the Capitaine Bougainville Monument on the way, from the headland north of Oruea Bay.  The track ends at Whananaki Spit Reserve, but you can continue along the spit to the entrance to Whananaki Estuary, where you will find the footbridge to Whananaki North.



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