Scenic walking tracks around Ohiwa Harbour
One of the Bay of Plenty’s most beautiful spots, Ohiwa Harbour has something for everyone.
With a protected estuary, it is the perfect place for swimming, kayaking, fishing, and paddleboarding, but if water isn’t your thing, there are some fantastic walking tracks in the area.
All the walks take you through beautiful native bush, and many will take your breath away with some stunning ocean views.
From simple thirty minute walks, through to longer 4-5 hour treks, there is something for everyone’s age and fitness level.
Te Waiti Hut walk
One of the longer treks in the area, this fantastic walk takes around four hours in total; two hours there and two hours back.
The start of the trek is thirty minutes from the holiday park, so that’s also something to bear in mind when planning your day.
The Hastings Pole Bridge Te Waiti Valley Road marks the beginning of the walking track, and from there, follow the stream up to the Te Waiti Hut.
You’ll know you are close when you come across the stream crossing (about fifteen minutes away), but take the advice and don’t cross the stream in high flow periods.
There are a few narrow parts to the track with steep drop offs, but it’s certainly worth it, with incredible views of the river and lush, semi-coastal forest.
Tauranga Loop Track
This two hour walking track crosses the historic Tauranga Bridge and passes alongside the Tauranga Stream.
The start of this walk has parking and picnic facilities, so you can have a bite to eat before and after the walk. The bridge is only five minutes from the car park, and once you cross it, the track begins.
Because it’s a loop track, once you cross the bridge you can turn left or right; either way will bring you back a couple of hours later.
If you turn right you’ll come across the first of two stream crossings, so prepare to get your boots wet!
The track basically follows the Tauranga stream for an hour before crossing over and heading back. Even with the two stream crossings, it is considered an easy walking trail.
Nukuhou Saltmarsh Boardwalk
For something a little easier on the feet, we have the Nukuhou Boardwalk.
This wheelchair accessible thirty minute duckboard walking track follows the edge of the saltmarsh along the Nukuhou river.
This is where the land and the sea not only meet, but interact, with mangroves and saltmarsh manuka shrub growing in abundance.
The saltmarsh is considered as a wetland of national importance, home to a variety of wildlife and fauna. Thanks to extensive predator control, Fernbird, Branded Rail, Spotless Crake, and Bittern are all common here, despite being rarely seen elsewhere in New Zealand.
There is off road parking, with a track from the carpark leading to a section of wooden boardwalk that meanders across the marshland edges to the lookout.
Walking treks around the holiday park
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a nice scenic walk when staying with us. There are plenty of walking treks right outside our front door, ranging from thirty to ninety minutes.
Ohiwa Park Walk
Only metres from our campsite, this track through native coastal trees and shrubs offers panoramic views of the Ohiwa harbour. Simple, easy and short, it’s perfect for a quick stroll before lunch, or a gentle evening walk before bedtime.
The Ohiwa Nature Trail
A lovely half-hour walk that meanders through some native bush, the Ohiwa Nature trail offers amazing ocean views. Encompassing a waterfall and glow worm grotto, the path then leads to the Historic Onekawa Pa site.
Bryans Beach Loop Track
From the Onekawa Pa site, there is an option to walk along this loop track back to the campsite. The track will take you along Bryans beach, and should take between sixty to ninety minutes, depending on individual fitness and whether or not you’re in a rush. The rewarding views and uncrowded stretch of beach make it all worthwhile.
This safe and quiet walkway travels between the beach, around the harbour and finishes at the boat ramp where there are new public toilet facilities. Approximately 4km long, it is perfect for a jog or walk, taking in all the beauty of the Ohiwa Harbour along the way.
Explore the area using us as a base
We are in the perfect location for a walking and trekking holiday!
If you want to see some of the most stunning bush New Zealand has to offer, then come stay with us and explore Ohiwa harbour.
Try all these different tracks on each day of your holiday, and return to a comfortable bed and hot shower at the end of the day.
Relax and unwind with peaceful ocean views, or compare notes with other trekkers, making new friends along the way.
Contact us today to book your place and get your walking holiday off to the best possible start!