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.
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.
ONLY 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.
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.
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.
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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