Maori Bay Coast Walk / South Coast...

Maori Bay Coast Walk / South Coast Loop Track

Tawharanui Regional Park

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Information

approx 7 km return | 2 hours 15 minutes return

Tawharanui Regional Park sits on the tip of a protruding limb of resistant greywacke, which commands spectacular views in all directions.

Compared to the relative intimacy of inner Waitemata Harbour inlets and coves, the views at Tawharanui Regional Park are on a grander scale. The inner Hauraki Gulf islands are replaced with the Moehau Range of the Coromandel Peninsula, Great Barrier Island, Little Barrier Island, Hen and Chickens Islands and Bream Head.

A network of tracks criss-cross the park. Most are either on a metalled surface or over a grass track on pastureland.

There are three loop walks through pasture and forest, over craggy coastal rocks and along golden sandy beaches.

Timing

3 hours either side of low tide you can follow the coast from Jones Bay to Maori Bay. This takes 1 hour of hopping over coastal boulders, rock shelves and pebble strewn beaches.

Access

Access to Tawharanui Regional Park is signposted past Matakana along Takatu Road.

There are toilets at Anchor Bay and near the information buildings. Picnic tables and parking are at the Lagoon Carpark on the entrance road and at Anchor Bay at the roadend.

The start of the track is signposted from the Lagoon Carpark.

Track

Take care familiarising yourself with the track layout on the information panels, as it can be complicated to decipher.

3 hours either side of low tide you can follow the coast from Jones Bay to Maori Bay. This takes 1 hour of hopping over coastal boulders, rock shelves and pebble strewn beaches.

After approximately 45 minutes look for the large rock that resembles an unfurling elephant trunk. The steep grass track from Maori Bay is just the other side of the next headland.

The final 1¼ hours weaves through regenerating forest and pastureland along the South Coast Track. This section of the walk is signposted and marked with white banded posts.

Geology

Views of the northern side of Kawau Island and the Kawau Channel shelter the intimacy of the sinuous coastline around Snells Beach and the eastern arm of Mahurangi Harbour.

Fauna

The rock pools on the coastal section of the walk are interesting to dredge through.

Details

Feature Value Info

Location

North IslandAuckland RegionWarkworth

Categories

  • Walking
  • Free

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