Walking in the Bay of Plenty

Extending along the east coast of the North Island, from Waihi Beach to Whakatane, the coastal Bay of Plenty is one of NZ’s most popular destinations.

There is no better way to enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Plenty’s environment than to step outside for a walk.  The region offers numerous well maintained and easily accessible walking trails and the warm, settled climate makes it the ideal location for year round walking and hiking.

Wairere Falls Walk

Day hikes include the Wairere Falls track, which takes walkers through beautiful, native bush and riverside scenery to the highest falls in the North Island.  The Wairere Falls drop 153m over a steep escarpment, which is part of the Okauia fault line.

The spectacular lookout and summit offer magnificent views of the valley and the Waikato Plains.  In summer there are plenty of pools to wade and paddle in, and the track can be explored further up the river.  It is suitable for families and moderately active adults.

Waitawheta Tramway

Take a walk back in time along New Zealand’s best remaining example of a bush tramway, the Waitawheta Tramway. 

Walk up the Waitawheta Valley following the path of historic logging tramways to enjoy giant kauri trees and mining relics.  The track allows visitors to walk side by side along an almost flat track featuring evidence of the pioneer logging industry. 

Information panels along the restored tramway vividly describe the local history and heritage.  The 26-bunk Waitawheta Hut is built on the site of an old logging mill and isa bustling hub on some holiday weekends.  

Walkers can return along the same track or spend the night in the hut to explore more of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park the following day.  Longer overnight walks can be accessed from here.

More Walks in the Bay of Plenty Region

These are just two of the many walks on offer in the Bay of Plenty region. For more information and details of walking tracks please visit www.bayofplentynz.com.

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