The Tutukaka Coast offers walkers and coastal scenery lovers of all fitness levels and ages an extensive range of spectacular and world-class short to long walks. The panoramic scenery is breathtaking, the beaches pristine and often secluded and the native New Zealand bush superb. Whether you have 5 minutes or several hours available there is a walkway for you on the Tutukaka Coast.

Whangaumu Bay – Ngunguru Estuary Walkway


Walking Time: 40 minutes each way – easy beach walking plus lookout Important: choose 2 hours each side of low tide for each direction of your walk. Access: Walkway can be accessed from either Whangaumu Bay (south end of the beach) or Ngunguru (Te Maika Road) Directions: The access to the Lookout is from the Read More…

Tane Moana Walkway (Giant Kauri)


Walking Time: 2 hours one way or 4 hours return via the walking track Important: Good shoes recommended, this walk may take longer for some people, transport can be arranged at either end of the walk but no other road access is possible along the path. Directions: Wide tracks through grass farmland start this walk Read More…

Tutukaka Headland: Lighthouse Walkway

Lighthouse Walkway

Walking Time: to the Lighthouse 1 hour return Important: choose an hour either side of low tide for this walk (weather permitting), good shoes recommended. Access/Carparking: Access to the car park and reserve is 600m north past Marina Road, Tutukaka via the Private Road (blue signage) and from there follow signs. Directions: A grassy track Read More…

Matapouri to Whale Bay Walkway


Ringer Ave Carpark at Matapouri Bay (left off Morrison Ave) to Whale Bay beach. Walking Time: 45 minutes round trip (also allow time to enjoy the beaches, have a picnic or a swim) Access: A combination of walking on the beach, dirt track and gravel track, steep climbing at times. Quite steep if you access the path Read More…

Whale Bay Walkway


Whale Bay Carpark (top of the hill on Matapouri Rd after Matapouri Bay) to Whale Bay beach. Walking Time: 30 minutes round trip (also allow time to enjoy the beach, have a picnic or a swim) Access: Well maintained gravel track, steep at times. Stairs at the bottom or a pathway to the beach. Suitable Read More…

Te Araroa – The Long Pathway

Look for the Te Araroa signage on this 7km, 2.5 hour walk.

Down the coastline, through the forest, across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, and on green pathways across seven cities. New Zealand’s longest pathway, and indeed the world, passes through Tutukaka, and the Giant Kauri tree, Tane Moana. The track climbs through delightful private pasture lands, pine forest and regenerating bush where Read More…

Rauhomaumau Bay to William Parata Walkway

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Walking Time: 30 minutes oneway. Access: Steep grassy track and pebby beach walking. Good shoes and a good level of fitness are recommended. Carparking: Road parking on Rauhomaumau Rd (follow Tutukaka Block Road (off Matapouri Road as you decend the hill towards Tutukaka Marina) then Motel Road on the left – Rauhomaumau Rd veers right a Read More…

Tutukaka Estates Short Walk & Lookout

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Walking Time: 5 minutes oneway to the lookout with an optional additional 6 minute circular bush walk at the top. Access: Includes a steep walk up a concrete path and a well maintained bush track. The path will get your heart pumping but the views are worth the climb. Carparking: Parking outside the security gate at Read More…

Ngunguru Mangrove Walkway

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Ngunguru Library to Munroe Place. This walkway was developed by the local community with the elderly and physically challenged in mind, The pleasant stroll includes paths through bush and boardwalks through mangroves. Seating is provided along the way and the sheltered pathway is safe and well maintained. Walking Time: 20 minutes round trip at an Read More…

Whangarei Falls


At the edge of Whangarei (off the road to Tutukaka) is a park containing the dramatic Whangarei Falls. You can view these viewing platforms above, walk down to the bottom to see them from below and also enjoy a longer circular walk to the AH Reid Memorial Kauri Park, which takes around 1 hour to Read More…

Waro Limestone Reserve

Features interesting limestone formations, 40 million years old. Picnic tables and toilet. Lake in flooded old mine workings.