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Waipatik Beach Walk

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Waipatik Beach is hidden in a sleepy valley

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 6 km
        • Time needed: 3 Hours
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 160m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Fantastic view of the coast line from the top of the ridge
    Waipatik Beach is a small beach hidden in a valley. It is a quite beach with a few holiday beaches that are only used once or twice a year.
    There is the Waipatik farm Caravan Park, Its OK but nothing to rave about, It is old and run down.
    I was told the fishing off Waipatik beach is very good

  • Track Quality

    A stony track around the coast line, then a good climb up a steep grassy hill and then walk through a small pine tree plaintation

  • Hazards

    The walk up and over the hill top is on private land so, ask first at the house before climbing the hill, and there is no track to follow the top of the cliff, make your own way back to Waipatik Beach

  • Transport


  • Water

    Water and Toilets are in the picnic grounds

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Waipatik Beach

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Waipatik Beach 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: Start of The Waipatik Beach Walk

Just drive to the end of Waikiki road and you should be in the picnic ground
Waikiki bay is a very pleasant bay. It has a good bay to swim in, with good fishing from the rocks and the beach.
The day we were there work was in progress on the new picnic grounds, when finished, Waipatik bay will make a very good day trip from Napier
From the pick nick grounds walk to the Northern end of the beach, you should see people walking along the track

Point 2: Arpoapanui Beach

1 Hour 10 Minutes = 3.3 Km
This is a easy walk along the cliff face but to day there is no shade it was very hot
The track starts from the northern end of the beach. There are no track sign, so look for the tell tail sign of a white clay track.
The track is well used and easily seen from half way along the main beach.
Their really is no ideal placers to swim along this track, unless you feel like climbing over tones of large sharp rocks, you will have to wait till you reach Arpoapanui Beach before you can put your toes into the water.
You can try your luck at fishing, but again you will have to climb hundreds of rocks.

Point 3: Up and Over

Arpoapanui valley is on Maori land, please stay on the beach, don’t walk on to there land without permission.
A two Hour detour.
I asked the elder at Arpoapanui village if I could walk back to Waipatik bay along the cliff face.
He was so pleased I had asked him for his premising, he even gave me brief direction on how to get around the tricky cliff face and said it was a good walk.
This walk is a lot longer, and there are a lot of gullies to climb in and out of, some of the gullies are a bit on the rough side so wear long pants to protect the legs from getting badly scratched
As you climb stay close to the cliff face as possible but when you reach the gullies it is easier to walk inland for 200 Mt then drop down into the gully, there is not so much rubbish to fight your way through.
when you reach the highest point 160Mt, the views were tremendous well worth the effort plus it was very quite sitting at the trig looking up and down the coast, It reminded me of my walk down the coast line from Napier to wellington many years a go, It took me 24 days, a Fantastic walk.
Now the easy part, down hill all the way to the bus and a hot fat white.
Again there was no track to follow just acres of long green grassy paddocks
I picket out my bus parked in the caravan park and run, tripped and rolled down to the bottom, Then crawled in to the bus for a hot shower and my flat white.

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Contact info

Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park, Napier, Hawkes Bay 498a Waipatiki Road, RD1, Napier 4181, New Zealand

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