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Bay of Islands Walks
There are numerous walks from the very short to all day treks close to Paihia. These are a sample of our favourites.
Haruru Falls Walk
Starting at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, this walkway follows the Waitangi River through native bush, before running along a boardwalk through a mature mangrove forest. Haruru in te reo MÄori means ‘roar’ or ‘rumble’ – listen for the thunder of water on rocks as you near the end. Enjoy the view as water cascades down the horseshoe-shaped falls and into the basin below – once the site of New Zealand’s first river port. Return walk approximately 3 hours.
Coastal Walkway: Paihia to Opua, Okiato to Russell
The Full Circle Coastal Walkway encompasses walking sections from Paihia to Opua and Okiato to Russell across the Bay, joined by ferry services. Explore a range of landscapes, from beaches and estuaries to dense bush and hilly terrain with harbour views. Along the way you’ll see historic points of interest, as well as vineyards, oyster farms and native birdlife.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for some sections. You can complete the whole walk (14 Kilometres and takes approximately 6 hours) or choose sections to suit the time you have available and your fitness level. A map with the sections marked out can be picked up at the local i-SITE.
Twin Coast Cycle Way
Enjoy a relaxing journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest European and MÄori settlements on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai.
This trail is steeped in historical significance of early New Zealand history In parts, the route follows ancient MÄori trails from the east to west coast, providing stunning vistas over the Hokianga Harbour and Bay of Islands.
This is a truly unique experience for riders, traversing rural farm country and passing through a number of small towns as well as many sites of historical and cultural significance.
A feature of this trail is the series of Pou erected along the route. Hand-carved by local iwi, these Pou recall the history and stories of both iwi and Pakeha settlements in and around the area.
The trail includes off-road and on-road riding. The off-road trail is built on an old rail corridor, making it suitable for riders of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Some sections of the trail are still under construction.