Homunga Bay Walk

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The Homunga Bay Walk is a medium 12k walk that will take you around 4 hours 30 mins to complete there and back.

But take a packed lunch and spend a good few hours at Homunga Bay beach, it’s awesome. It’s a beautiful walk passing by Orokawa Bay on the way to Homunga Bay beach. Enjoy our 360 view of Homunga Bay.

Enjoy our 360 view of Homunga Bay.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: North Island NZ
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Time needed: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 10m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

Waihi Beach

From the car park, walk north towards the hill. If the tide is out, you can walk up to the start of the track without getting your feet wet. At full tide with an off shore breeze, you will get wet feet. So take off the shoes for the 15m dash. There is a sign at the start of the walk, and a so called map.

Orokawa Bay

The track can be a little slippery after rain. On a fine day the track could be very busy with runners and people walking their dogs. When you reach the lookout, you are only 5 minutes walk from Orokawa Beach. There is a toilet on the right as you descend to Orokawa Beach. You will see the roof of the toilet before you reach it.

Boat Bay

Walk to the end of Orokawa Bay Beach either along the track or along the beach till you reach the creek. Cross the creek and look up to your left. You should see the track and a sign leading up to the trees again. Now it is easy, just follow your noise. Five minutes into the walk is the turn off to William Wright Falls, a forty-five-minute wet feet walk. Now walk five minutes through over grown cutty grass to the second and last toilet for the day, from here on the track improves.

Homunga Bay

Keep looking back as you walk along the track, you will get a better view of Boat Bay. After crossing this clearing you have 17 minutes remaining to reach Homunga Bay. 2 hours and 15 minutes we are at the end of our walk. Without doubt, time for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. What can you say about this beautiful beach? It has a water fall, and thousands of sand flies. This is because of the farm land behind you is mainly wet and boggy. So take some insect repellent with you. If you can get your hands on a surf casting rod, take it, dinner could be swimming just meters from the water’s edge. If you thought far enough ahead, you would have arranged for someone to pick you up at the end of Ngatitangata Rd. It is a 1 hour walk to the road end, better than a 2 hours 15 minutes walk back. The track out to the road end is very well marked with the green and yellow posts.

What sort of walking and hiking gear will you need

We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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