Tapapakanga Regional Park Walk

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The Tapapakanga Regional Park Walk is a 6k easy walk that will take you around 2 hours to complete. Tapapakanga Bay is the main highlight, it is a very sheltered bay and ideal for swimming and very good fishing. The beach is made up of more pebbles then sand. In 1990 the properly was sold to the Auckland Regional council. In 1995, the park was opened up to the public. No dogs allow because of the farm stock. Toilets at the home site and 2.4km at the beach camp site

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 6 km
        • Time needed: 2 Hour
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 128m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Tapapakanga Bay is the main highlight, it is a very sheltered bay and ideal for swimming and very good fishing.
    The beach is made up of more pebbles then sand. If you go for the walk over farm land, you will see plenty of sheep, cattle, turkeys and the odd rabbit. Mountain biking is also allowed, there is around 6.9 km of farm tracks to ride over plus a total of 14.7km of walking tracks.

    Other activities include picnics, barbecues, camping, fishing and kayaking. The birds you might see are Oyster Catchers, Black Shags, White-faced Herons, Black-backed and Red-billed Gulls, Kingfishers, Paradise and Mallard ducks, Pheasants, Wood Pigeon, Fantails, Grey Warblers and Tūi. At night if you are lucky you might hear the call of the Morepork. Along the beach walk you will see a few large Pōhutukawa trees.

  • Track Quality

    Farms tracks, one section was a little slippery, and a short beach walk.

  • Hazards

    At high tide you will get more than your feet wet crossing this creek.

  • Transport


  • Water

    Yes, boil all tap water, one water tap around the back of the home site and a water tap at end of the beach walk.

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The nearest shops is in Kawakawa Bay, a 14 km drive

  • Area & Track History

    In 1899 James Ashby settled on the Tapapakanga Bay, they raised 14 children in this quite beautiful bay. In 1990 the properly was sold to the Auckland Regional council. 1995, the park was opened up to the public.

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  • Map location of Tapapakanga Regional Park Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Tapapakanga Homestead

There is plenty of room in the car park, the toilets and the information board is right in front of you, and the Homestead is just 50 Mt away to your right

Point 2: Creek crossing

From the carpark turn left and walk along the beach.
If the tide is out will get your feet wet.

Point 3: Out to the point

From the creek to the next turn off is 16 Minutes. Just before the turn off is the old grave site on your right.Walk through the gate and follow the ridge along the coast line. The walk along the top can be a little over grown in some places, and you might think you’re lost but keep the fence to your right and the odd glimpse of the ocean to your left. You will see a marker or two with a red top along this walk. The view along the top is not that fantastic. There are markers to follow, just walk over the top of the hill. You can walk out to the point from here if you have the time, 15 minutes.

Point 4: Camp site

There is a water tap there but boil the water. As for the long drop we gave it a wide berth. there is table and chairs set under the trees and good flat ground for you to set up your tent. The site is set in a hollow so you will be out off the wind.

Point 5: the trig

The 15 minute climb to the top is by a dirt track behind and to the right of the long drop. Half way to the top you will have to go through a gate, now you should see the trig at the top of the ridge. There might be stock in the paddocks from here on so make sure the gate is properly secured any other gates you come across please leave them as you found then, open or closed.

Point 6: Farm buildings

Now it is back to the car. You can see the farm building over to the right, this is where you are heading.

Point 7: Causeway

When you walk past the farm buildings there is another gate to go through.
Now 5 minutes down the road is a fork in the track.
Look right and across the creek to the next gate with the red marker post.
You need to cross the causeway go through the gate and follow the track up a small hill and back down to the beach where you started from, Just 10 minutes away.

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