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Tauranga Loop Track - Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve Gisborne
This two hour loop walk is located in Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve in the Eastland Region, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Gisborne City. It crosses the historic Tauranga Bridge and meanders next to the Tauranga stream - absotulely stunning views. Amazing to cross the historic bridge - which has been restored and is of national significance for its engineering design and appearance.
This tack is a fantastic walk on a fine day. Passing over a historic brdige, it makes for ideal photo opportunities. Scenery that will leave you in awe. The loop is an easy 2 hour walk. Passing accross two streams, which could make for tricky crossings after heavy rain. The stream water is crystal clear, a perfect summer's day adventure, walking alongside a beautiful river and through native New Zealand bush. The track is well marked out, so even the geographically challenged won't get lost. There is plenty of parking at the starting spot and even has a toilet and picnic area.
This track is ideal for families. We went and enjoyed it with our four kids and they had no problems walking the track. You can also get permission to take a dog on the track through contacting the local Department of Conservation. In the summer I would suggest bringing your togs, so you can enjoy the lovely crystal clear cool waters.
The walk offers great nature watching activity with loads of native birds and natural fauna. The music of the birds is magic with the natural tranquility of the surroundings offering people an inspiring walk. On the way back to Gisborne, there is a small township called Matawhai, which has several historic buildings, including the Matawhai Hotel and Matawhai Gallery - great stop on the way back from the walk for a refeshing drink and bite to eat.
The Waioeka Gorge offers many walks for locals, tourists and adventurers. I would suggest visiting the local I Site station and researching what walks are open and available. This walk is free for the public and captures the natural beauty of New Zealand. I would definitely recommend this walk.