Whangarei Heads Walks & Tracks

McLeod Bay to Little Munro Bay walk

1McLeod Bay to Little Munro Bay

Length 2.5 hours return - 2.8 km
Difficulty Easy walk - Some steps
Features Beautiful mature Pohutukawa trees

This walk begins at the end of Stuart Road in McLeod Bay and follows the coastline along a Department of Conservation (DOC) reserve. Once you reach Darch Point Rd you have two options; One option is to walk to the end of Darch Point Rd and turn left onto Reotahi

Mt Aubrey Walk

2Mount Aubrey

Length 2 hours - 1.5 km
Difficulty Medium fitness - Lots of steps
Features 360° panoramic views

From the Tiller Park car park this track passes between two large boulders and quickly has you climbing. The surrounding bush keeps you cool in the shade. There are rest spots with seats and plenty of opportunities to stand and admire the views. Pataua and the Pacific coastline can be

Mt Manaia walk

3Mount Manaia

Length 1.5 hours return
Difficulty Medium fitness - Lots of steps
Features Spectacular views of harbour and ocean

Mt Manaia is one of a cluster of jagged, bush covered peaks towering 420m above sea level. The Mt Manaia track begins with a lovely view south from the early settlers’ memorial and continues into the bush at an easy grade. Then the steps begin, which continue almost continuously to

Te Araroa national walkway

4Te Araroa National Walkway

Length 30 km for the Whangarei Heads Section of the walk
Difficulty High Fitness
Features Spectacular variety of walking and scenery

The Te Ara Roa National walkway stretches the whole length of New Zealand and passes through Whangarei Heads from Pataua South, over Kauri Mountain and along Kauri Mt Beach before leading through the Bream Head Scenic Reserve, around the Reotahi coastal walkway, and finishing at the jetty at the southern

Kauri Mountain Beach Walk

5Kauri Mountain Beach Walk

Length 3 hours to walk the length of the beach
Difficulty Easy walk
Features Endless sandy beach, oystercatchers and dotterels

Kauri Mountain Beach offers a spectacular experience with approximately 6 kms of white sandy Ocean Beach. Be sure to bring supplies if you wish to walk the whole beach and back, or organise a driver to pick you up at the other end. The driver will have 3 hours to

Pataua South and North walks

6Pataua South Tracks

Length From 20 minutes to 1 hour
Difficulty Easy walk
Features Beaches, estuary and a picturesque Footbridge

Start from the Mahanga Rd car park and take a short walk along the Pataua Estuary and over a low hill to a lovely beach known as “Frog Town”. If you turn left from Mahanga car park and walk along the water’s edge you will get to the Pataua Footbridge.

Smugglers Bay Walk

7Smugglers Bay

Length 40 minutes return
Difficulty Easy walk
Features Beautiful white sandy beach

From Urquhart Bay car park head left over the farmland; you might meet the friendly cows along the way. We recommend you bring a picnic and your swim gear and stay for a while.

Busby Head Walk

8Busby Head Track

Length 1.5 hours return - 3 km
Difficulty Easy walk
Features Beautiful coastal and beach views

An easy loop walk that takes you to the historic gun emplacement at Home Point at the harbour entrance. Carry on through the coastal forest track and you will arrive at beautiful Smugglers Cove. Stop for a swim and a picnic before heading back over the farmland to the car

Peach cove walk

9Peach Cove Track

Length 2 hours one way
Difficulty Lots of steps - High fitness
Features Panoramic view and beautiful secluded cove

Start from the sign posted car park located 1 km before Ocean Beach. Please park just inside the entrance as this carpark is a private driveway. Follow the track to the ridge and head right. The track becomes a formed gravel path broken up by sets of wooden steps descending

Bream Head Te Whara Walk

10Bream Head / Te Whara Track

Length From 5 to 7 hours one way - 12 km
Difficulty High fitness
Features 360 degree views and heritage coastal forest

This track follows an ancient Maori trail. From Urquhart Bay carpark head left and follow the track as it climbs steeply up Mt Lion. Walking through the reserve you will experience some of the best coastal forest in the North Island. The undulating ridge track eventually intercepts the Peach Cove

11Te Whara Loop

Length 4 hours return
Difficulty Lots of steps - High fitness
Features Spectacular 360 degree panoramic views

This is a popular walk that combines parts of Walk 10 (BREAM HEAD/TE WHARA TRACK) and Walk 9 (PEACH COVE TRACK) to form a loop walk. Follow the Peach Cove track until it is intercepted by the Bream Head/Te Whara track. At this point, head left on to the Te

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