Start your journey at Omana Regional Park. The name Omana comes from O-Manawatere, a pa site in the park. Manawatere was a Ngai Tai ancestor who travelled from the homeland by gliding over the waves on a taniwha. Something to think about as you set out on your journey.
Before you leave Omana, you can picnic at the park, meet the friendly farm animals, visit the playground which depicts the stories of those Maori ancestors or explore the rocky shore which is home to many birds and sea life. Before you begin your journey to the first stop on the trail, you can stay overnight at the Cliff-top Campground.
Once you have reached Duder Regional Park, and secure your kayak, take a walk up onto the pōhutukawa fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula and marvel at breath-taking 360 degree views over the Hauraki Gulf. Duder Regional Park is named after Thomas Duder whose family farmed here for 130 years. Still a busy farm, you can read more about Duder's farming history along the park's trails.
While travelling up New Zealand's east coast from Hawaiiki, the Tainui canoe moored here and its people ate fruit from the forest. This is the origin of the name Whakakaiwhara, which means to eat (kai) the edible bracts (whara) of the kiekie vine.
Your destination at Duder, Te Wharau (Malua Bay) Campground is located on the eastern side of the Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, a secluded part of Duder Regional Park. The campground is an archaeological site so please 'camp lightly'. Water and a toilet are just above the campground, at the top of the steps. Please use the concrete pad for any heating or cooking of food to minimise any fire danger, and please note there is no shelter at Duder.