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

        • 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
  • Track Highlights

    The walk around the coast where you can look down to the rocks below, looking for fish has to be a highlight. Just walking into Orokawa Bay for a picnic is another. But I enjoy the decent in to Te Puru Creek.

  • Track Quality

    The track is a little hard going in places, a strong pair of boots would be to your advantage. It’s not flat walking all the way, there are slight inclines. The walk to the first beach, Orokawa Bay is enjoyable but can be muddy getting down after some rain. There are only two toilets, both are in Orokawa Bay, the first toilet is 10 minutes before you arrive at Orokawa Beach and the last toilet is at the very end of Orokawa Bay and a about five minutes walk into the bush.

  • Hazards

    The track can be slippery after some rain and the track runs around steep hill sides with a drop off down into the sea.

  • Transport


  • Water

    No drinking water at all on this walk

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Waihi Beach has a small shopping centre with cafe, very small super market, butcher, clothing, and craft shop.

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Homunga Bay Walk

    Map of 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.

2 Reviews


  • Michelle Oleary

    Thank you for this information, it was a good help to get started. A few more things to consider – this was a 6 hour total round trip for me and total mileage according to the signs is 13.4kms. It was almost 3 hours to Homunga Bay (with some photo stops). I went after some periods of rain, and the track is quite muddy in sections and there are some stream crossings. Additionally, at the end I got caught by high tide at the very start/end of the track, and it was dark by then so difficult to pick my way around the rocks. Overall a fantastic day, just a few extra points to consider. Thanks.

    June 7, 2020

    • FreewalksNZ

      Hi Michelle, thanks so much for your comments and feedback, it’s very much appreciated. Yes, you could get caught out by a high tide right at the start of this walk, although it’s usually not too hard to get around. And thanks also for letting us know about how long it took you as well.

      June 11, 2020

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