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Waharau Bush Path

Walking time 45 mins

Walking steps 2210 steps

Distance 1.7 km

Starts at Waharau Regional Park

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About the path

This gentle, short walk through regenerating forest in Waharau Regional Park is ideal for inexperienced bushwalkers.

Start at the information building. Follow the green markers through the kānuka dominated forest and tree ferns.

After your bush walk, there's plenty to see and do. Visit the small beach and enjoy views over the Firth of Thames/Tīkapa Moana towards the Coromandel Peninsula. Look out for sea and shore birds, including spotted shags (pārekareka), New Zealand dotterels (tūturiwhatu) and oystercatchers (tōrea).

Bring a picnic or use the wood and gas barbeques provided (bring your own wood).

If you want to keep exploring, join up with one of the rugged tramping tracks towards the Hunua Ranges.

Located on the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau Regional Park extends from the range to the coast. The Māori name Waharau means 'the ever-changing stream mouth' and refers to the stream that winds its way down from the eastern Hunua Ranges and flows out into the Firth of Thames.

Facilities

  • Public toilet

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