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Tāwharanui Regional Park walks

How to get to Tāwharanui Regional Park

Tāwharanui is a 90km or 80 minute drive from central Auckland.

Take SH1 north to Warkworth. Follow the signs to Matakana. When you are 1km past Matakana, turn right at the Ōmaha turnoff and drive 11km along Takatū Road to the park.

What to do in Tāwharanui Regional Park

  • Stop at the interpretation area just inside the sanctuary gate for park and open sanctuary information, and visit the carved pou (post) by the western edge of the lagoon.
  • Take one of the seven signposted walks on the park. They begin at Anchor Bay and the Lagoon, and range from easy strolls to the two hour North/South Coast Track. A favourite for many people is the Ecology Trail (2 hours) signposted from Anchor Bay.
  • Swim, surf or snorkel at Anchor Bay, or dive in the Marine Protected area on the north coast. Fishing is not allowed here but is allowed on the south coast and at Jones Bay near the park entrance.
  • Stay a while and experience the park's historical and natural values. Book a camp site in the camp ground, or book a stay in the cottage that is available for rental (phone 09 366 2000).
  • Please do not remove or disturb any archaeological remains or shipwrecks. They provide an important record of our history and are protected by law.

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