Te Pare Historic Reserve Walk

Te Pare Historic Reserve Walk

Te Pare Historic Reserve Walk


2 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

5 Hahei

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Marios Gavalas

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1.5 km return | 30 minutes return

Te Pare Historic Reserve encompasses the remains of two prominent Ngati Hei pa sites. The views from the headland are spectacular, stretching for miles up and down the coast.


The start of the track is signposted from the end of Pa Road. This is the first turning on the right entering Hahei. Alternatively, there is an access way from the far side of the creek at the southern end of Hahei Beach.


The track is metalled for the first section and then becomes well-formed across the grass at the top of the headland. The path climbs gently, but steadily.

Polynesian History

On sighting the beautiful coastline, the sail master Hei called out. He thought the outward curve of a headland on one of the offshore islands resembled the shape of a nose. The area was thus named Te-O-a-Hei, meaning the exclamation of Hei. After burial at Hereheretaura pa, his bones were removed to Tokatea (Castle Rock).


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelHahei


  • Walking
  • Free


Maddie F's avatar

Maddie F

Ranking: 9/10

Great views after an easy walk. 3 minutes before there is a little car park area with clean public toilets and picnic tables.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anne Courtenay

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Easy walk-great views. Can get down onto Hahei Beach and wander over creek and back to carpark.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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