Walks & HikesThe New Zealand Department of Conservation maintains an excellent range of tracks in the Tauranga Bay area, providing walks and longer hikes to some awe-inspiring scenery and ‘hidden’ treasures of nature.
A 30 minute climb up to the towering St. Paul’s Rock and have 360º of utter beauty – including the entire Whangaroa Harbour.
The Mahinepua Peninsula Track is a 2km track which provides access to the many sheltered bays around the region.
Another walk of note is the Motukawanui Island Track – a 1.5 hour traverse of the largest island in the Cavalli group – which has amazing views of Mahinepua Peninsula, Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands.
You’ll find the ‘Kauri Coast’ in the west, where the best remnants of New Zealand’s once mighty Kauri forest can be found. The Kauri timber and gum industry flourished here in the 19th century, generating much of New Zealand’s wealth.
The massive forests are gone now, but the Waipoua Kauri Forest is the best place in the country to see these magnificent trees. The forst is only a short 20-30 minute drive from your Tauranga Bay accommodation.
You can also see the Puketi and Omahuta forests. Take the loop track for an easy 15-minute walk (wheelchair accessible) to see mighty Kauri trees that are some 800 years old.
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