Mahurangi Regional Park straddles both sides of the beautiful Mahurangi Harbour. The park is divided into two parts: Mahurangi East which is only accessible by sea and Mahurangi West which can be reached by car, 55 minutes north of Auckland City. We visited Mahurangi West with three sheltered pohutukawa fringed beaches that are perfect for swimming at any tide. We visited Sullivan’s Bay and explored the rocks at the southern end of the beach before heading off on the Cudlip Track. It’s a bit of a climb to the top but our gang all made it with no trouble and once up there it is an easy stroll through rolling farmland. We planned on heading down to the foreshore but, after a few days of rain, found the track too muddy so headed back the way we came. We look forward to trying the track again over the summer months as well as walking over to Mita Bay and Te Muri Beach which are only accessible by foot.
Mahurangi is a great spot for a picnic, you can bring your own gas barbeque and there is drinking water taps and toilets available and plenty of shade under the pohutukawa trees. There is a great farmers market held once a month in historic Puhoi on the way to Mahurangi where you can get pick up some picnic supplies. And visit the Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store for some delicious cheeses. Or stop by on the home from your day at Mahurangi for an ice cream from the Puhoi store or a drink at the historic Puhoi Pub.
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