Follow the red waymarkers along the coast from the car park. At high tide the Täpapakanga Stream, which flows around the impressive Mäori pä, can be difficult to cross. An alternative route heads inland past the pä and rejoins the track near the Ashby cemetery. The track winds through regenerating coastal forest and just before swinging inland goes through a fine stand of taraire trees. From the trig enjoy panoramic views of the Coromandel Peninsula and the Firth of Thames. Wander down through the farmland back to the car park.
What to expect:
Walking tracks will:
have easy to moderate grades with drained surfaces, generally consisting of a compacted and drained surfaces.
be well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Walking tracks may:
have steps on excessively steep areas.
have timber boardwalks and bridges over permanent wet areas and waterways.
have seats and maintained views at areas of interest.
Walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.
Distance:7.4 km Time:2.0 hours Wheelchair access:No Pram access:No
How to get to Tapapakanga
Drive south on Highway 1, take the Manurewa off ramp and head for Clevedon. From Clevedon follow the signs to Kawakawa Bay and on towards Orere Point. Just past Orere Point turn off the East Coast Rd down Deery Rd to the park.