Orokawa Walking Tracks

There are a number of short walks you can enjoy in the Orokawa Scenic Reserve.

Type: Walking Track


Getting there:

Orokawa Bay is located north of Waihi Beach, off State Highway 2 at the end of Waihi Beach road. The track starts at the northern end of Waihi Beach.

Walking Times:

Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay 45 minutes one way
Orokawa Bay to William Wright Falls 1 hour return
Orokawa Bay to Homunga Bay 60 minutes one way
Homunga Bay to Ngatitangata Road 45-60 minutes one way
Pohutukawa Park Track 45 minutes return


This spectacular coastal reserve embraces panoramic ocean views, mature forest, pohutukawa-fringed bays, good rock fishing and picnic spots. There are several historic pa sites, as well as old gold-mine tunnels.

The Orokawa Bay walk begins at the northern end of Waihi Beach. (Occasionally you may have to delay your start due to high tides and a strong swell.)

A gently rising track skirts the headland before descending into stunning, pohutukawa-clad Orokawa Bay. The beach here gets deep very quickly and is not considered safe for swimming.

At the northern end of the beach, the track to William Wright Falls begins. On your way to these 30-metre-high falls you will have to make several stream crossings.

The track to Homunga Bay continues along the coastline, skirting headlands and cliffs.

Return to Waihi Beach via the same route. An option is to park your car at Ngatitangata Road and clamber across farm land down to the track. It’s not difficult, but coming back up is a seriously steep climb.

The Pohutukawa Park Track is a short walk through mature native bush, giving you an opportunity to explore the old Waihi Beach water supply reservoir behind the town. Today the reservoir abounds in waterfowl. There are some lovely picnic spots here.

See more on the Department of Conservation site.