Type Bush Walk
Entry / Exit Point Start: Waharau Park
Entry / Exit Point (2) Finish: Waharau Park
Distance 14 Km
Est Time 3.5 hours
Standard Walking Track
Grade Easy to Medium
Category All levels from day walkers
Hazards Mountain Bikers
Condition Easy to moderate grades with drained surfaces. Track generally consisting of compacted and drained surfaces. Well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Note Walk located in a park – check opening hours
Amenities – Start / Finish Amenities available
Amenities – On Route No amenities
Closest Town(s) Auckland
Managed by Auckland Regional Council, phone 09 366 2000
Drive south on State Highway 1 and to State Highway 2 before turning off on to Mangatangi Road. From there take Kaiaua Road to Kaiaua on the coast, turn left up East Coast Rd and the park is about 1km past Pukekereru Lane. Distance from Auckland CBD: 90 km
Waharau extends from the gravelly shore of the Firth of Thames (Tikapa Moana) into the eastern foothills of the Hunua Ranges. The coastal part of this park lies between the Waharau Stream in the north and sandy Waihihi Bay in the south.
The inland section includes two campsites, barbecue areas and information. A series of loop tracks explore the foothills of the Hunua Ranges and link to some of the more rugged tramping tracks in the ranges.
Waharau is the eastern gateway to the Hunua Ranges and a series of loop tracks traverse the foothills and link with some of the more rugged tramping tracks, which cross the Ranges.
Follow the red waymarkers along this track as its loops through both regenerating and mature forest. Stop for a picnic on the main ridge and take in the panoramic views over the Firth of Thames / Tika Moana with the Coromandel Peninsula beyond.
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