Start your journey
Before heading out to sea, you'll need to plan your journey and book accommodation at our regional parks. You don't need to book the trail.
Our suggested journey takes five days and departs from Ōmana Regional Park. You will cover around 50km of coastline before arriving at Waharau Regional Park.
Day one: Ōmana Regional Park to Duder Regional Park
You'll start your journey at Ōmana Regional Park and paddle 11km along the coast to Duder Regional Park.
At Duder Regional Park, take a walk along the pōhutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula.
You can camp at Te Wharau (Malua Bay) Campground, located on the eastern side of the Whakakaiwhara Peninsula.
The campground is an archaeological site so please camp lightly.
Day two: Duder Regional Park to Waitawa Regional Park
Day two is a 14km paddle to Waitawa Regional Park, which runs along the traditional boundary line between Te Urikaraka (Ngāti Paoa) and Ngāti Kohua (Ngai Tai – Te Waiohua). This stretch of land holds deep significance for local Māori.
You can stay overnight at the Waitawa Bay Campground, which has a small shelter, water supply, and toilets.
Day three: Waitawa Bay Regional Park to Tawhitokino Regional Park
On day three you will paddle 10km past Te Iwirahirahi Point, Ruakura Bay and Waiti Bay before reaching your final destination, Tawhitokino Regional Park.
Once you arrive you can walk back to Waiti Bay, depending on the tides.
This park and campground are accessible only by foot or boat. The campground is located at the south-eastern end of the beach and has toilets, water supply and a simple shelter for cooking only.
Day four: Tawhitokino Regional Park to Tāpapakanga Regional Park
On day four, you will paddle 8km into the Firth of Thames and past Orere Point before arriving at Tāpapakanga Regional Park.
You can stay at the remote Waikaha Stream Campground (accessible by kayak only) or the popular Beachfront Campground near the park hub (Ashby Beach).
Day five: Tāpapakanga Regional Park to Waharau Regional Park
The last section of the trail is an 8km paddle to Waharau Regional Park.
You can stay overnight at Waharau Tainui Campground. To get to the campground, you will need to carry your kayak for approximately 470m at high tide.
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