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Tawharanui Beach Walk at Low Tide

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This Tawharanui Beach Walk at Low Tide is a 7.3k easy walk that will take you around 2 hours & 30 mins to complete. You’ll walk over green farmland down to the sandy beach with awesome views along the way. You are very close to Kawau Island. And great views of Whangaparaoa Bay.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Warkworth
        • Distance: 7.30 kms
        • Time needed: 2 hours 30 minutes
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 91m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Farmland, beach and views.  You are very close to Kawau Island.  And great views of Whangaparaoa Bay.

  • Track Quality

    Very good track, from coastal beach walk to grassy farm track.

  • Hazards

    Walking along the beach at high tide

  • Transport


  • Water

    At the entrance to the park

  • Driving Instructions

    A bit of a drive, but worth it. Head north on State Highway 1.  Drive over the harbour bridge and onto Warkworth town ship. 67k.  Drive past the turn off to Warkworth shopping centre, and onto the only traffic lights on the highway.  TURN right, look for the sign to Leigh town ship. On the Matakana Road. 8.9k along this road is the township of Matakana.  Stop here on a Saturday morning for the fresh produce markets, all grown by the locals. Highly recommended. Across the road is also a very enjoyable but naughty bakery. 1.7k pasted Matakana on the right, turn off to Tawharanui Regional Park. This road is windy and narrow and 13k long, 5k at the end is gravel. The road around the park HQ is sealed. The next thing that will catch your eye and make you stop is the 2.4k long predator fence. It is to keep out the possums, feral cats, rats and dogs. The goal is to achieve a pest free park. So the native birds such as Tui, Fantail, Dotterel and Skinks can recover. There is a plan to reintroduce the Tuatara lizard and the endangered Kiwi, but don’t fear, they will let you out.  Drive around to the lagoon, this would only be about 200m till you see the car park and a information board. Pull in there. This is the first time I have seen so much lush green grass in a park. Good place for a picnic.

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  • Area & Track History


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  • Map location of Tawharanui Beach Walk at Low Tide

    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: Tawharanui Beach Walk at low tide


To Maori Bay via Beach 3.8k – 1h 20 min

At the car park, cross over the walk bridge. Carry on to the base of the hill.  Don’t jump the fence. Walk around to the right and follow the lagoon to the outlet.

With the tide out you will not get your feet wet.  The first 20 min is good going, not a lot of rocks and a couple of beautiful beaches.

Point 2: Tawharanui Beach Walk at low tide

You can spend a lot of time exploring the rock pools; looking for shells and watching the native birds flying around try to catch their lunch.  The next sandy beach is Bluebell point.  From here Maori Bay is only 20 min away.   Keep away from the long grass, this is the nesting spot set aside for the Dotterel sea birds. When you arrive at Maori Bay there is a small grassy area, the track is to your left and climbs to a great spot to have lunch and enjoy the views.  Another 2 min and you will be at the turn off to the South Coast Walk.

Point 3: Tawharanui Beach Walk at low tide

3.5k – 1h 10 min

At the South Coast Walk turn off, turn left on to a very pleasurable county walk.  There are a couple of small patches of native scrub to walk through. We were lucky on this walk; the farmer had just mowed the track for us to walk on.

Point 4: Tawharanui Beach Walk at low tide

Once out of the gully you walk along the cliff top, there are a small number of little hills to walk up and down, but nothing to get a sweat over. The views are first-class.  There is a hand full of farm grates to open and close, plus farm stock to talk to if you are that way inclined.  Don’t worry about the stock they are trained to respect tourist, but they might try to catch you out with the odd patch of green sticky stuff, so watch where you put your feet.  At the point of the ridge, you will be able to look down on to the car park.  Follow the marker posts down to the fence and back to the car.

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1181 Takatu Road, Tawharanui Peninsula 0986, New Zealand

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