The Wairoa Valley is a great destination for walking.
Here are our picks.
Walking in our Reserves and Regional Parks
Nīkau Pā (Clevedon Scenic Reserve)
Walk past Camp Sladdin, over the Taitaia Stream and follow the path to the walking tracks. There is a gentle stroll to the disused Thorps Quarry with a small waterfall, or a steep walk on formed tracks through native bush climbing to 225 metres, where you will be rewarded with a 360° vista from the viewing platform. Look out for the Auckland Sky Tower, Waitākere Ranges, Hauraki Gulf (including Little Barrier Island on a fine day), Coromandel Peninsula, Hūnua Ranges and of course the Clevedon Valley and Wairoa River. Access the reserve from Thorps Quarry Road.
Whakakaiwhara/Duder Regional Park
Whakakaiwhara/Duder Regional Park is located on the pōhutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which cuts out into the Tāmaki Strait. There is a range of both short and long walks taking in the beach, farm and out to Whakakaiwhara Pā.
Waitawa Regional Park
At Waitawa Regional Park there are four tracks which are promoted as 4km to 10km loops – Kōtare, Kererū, Pūweto and Pīwakawaka. Pack your togs for a beach swim afterwards at Mātaitai Bay, or drop a line off the wharf and catch dinner (or grab fish and chips in the Village on the way home).
Hūnua Ranges Regional Park
Hūnua Ranges Regional Park is a natural playground including bush clad ranges with streams, waterfalls and magnificent vistas. You can enjoy the largest native forest in Auckland and picnic by the Hūnua Falls. There are many walks to choose from and a number of entrances to the park.
Tawhitokino Regional Park
Beyond the Wairoa Valley at the end of the Kawakawa Bay Coast Road is Tawhitokino Regional Park. This park is small and only accessible by walking or by boat. Tawhitokino offers safe swimming and a beautiful, secluded stretch of white sand beach backed by regenerating bush and farmland. You can only access Tawhitokino beach from Waiti Bay at low tide, or the hour either side as the tide changes. Check the tides and plan your trip carefully. The walk through the low tide section will take up to 30 minutes.
Clevedon A&P Showgrounds
Grab a coffee and head to Monument Road at the south end of the Village to enjoy a stroll around the showgrounds. On a Sunday, stop and enjoy the Clevedon Farmers Market. Dogs are allowed off leash at all times. Please share safely with equestrian users.
Clevedon Village Trails
As Clevedon grows, a network of walking, cycling and bridle trails is being constructed by the developers. These are in their infancy, but the trail along the Taitaia Stream esplanade reserve at the north end of the village on North Road, and the trails opposite the entrance to the A&P Showgrounds are open for use.