Tanners Point

The coastal walkway at Tanners Point, north of Katikati, follows the Tauranga Harbour coastline around the Tanners Point peninsula. It starts at the Tanners Point Reserve, and ends by the estuary at the western end of Tanners Point. The track rises and falls, with steps on some of the steeper parts. On the way it passes through a small area of private farmland, before descending to sea level through recently planted native vegetation. Old pohutukawa trees are present in several places along the track.

The track has a total length of about 1.6 km, making it 3.2 km and about 1 hour for walking in both directions. There is a parking area, including an area for freedom camping, at the end of Tanners Point Rd, by Tanners Point Reserve. Toilets are available nearby.

Some years ago the Western Bay of Plenty District Council published a small booklet, Walking Tracks of the Western Bay, which included a number of short walks such as the one at Tanners Point. The booklet is apparently no longer published or updated, but a downloadable pdf version of the latest issue, taken from a resident’s guide, should be available. Currently it’s from 2014 and can be found on the WBOPDC web site by searching for walking tracks. One of the results should have the name of the booklet as the heading.

The parking area at the end of Tanners Point Rd.

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There is a boat ramp at the parking area. A small jetty nearby is used for fishing at high tide, as well as for boats.

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A local residents association is working towards a pest-free peninsula, with vegetation suitable for attracting native birds.

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The walkway heads off into the vegetation on the left, on the way along the waterfront towards the jetty.

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Parts of the track are narrow, being cut into the hillside and eroded by slips in places.

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Looking across to Matakana Island, with Mauao/Mt Maunganui just visible in the distance at the centre of the photo.

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A short climb past an old pohutukawa tree near the northern tip of the peninsula.

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A bench seat is provided at the northern tip, with views to Bowentown peninsula.

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The view from the northern tip, across to Bowentown on the far right, with Tuahu/Mayor Island just visible in the distance to the left of Bowentown.

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Looking north-west across the estuary towards SH2.

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The track passes by the end of Moana Drive, It possible to return to the carpark via Moana Drive and Tanners Point Rd instead of following the same track back.

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After Moana Drive the track descends over a grass area to a small sandy beach, which would look better at high tide. This was taken about 2 hours before high tide. The track continues by the large pohutukawa trees just right of centre.

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The continuation of the track by the large pohutukawa trees.

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In various places the track is marked with small kiwi tramper signs.

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Native vegetation planted by the estuary, with boardwalks over the wetter areas.

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The trunk and roots of an old pohutukawa tree across the track.

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The track ascends to a gateway where it crosses over about 50 metres of open farmland, where farm animals may be present.

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Looking across to SH2 and Athenree from near the highest point on the track, but the private farmland.

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No mention is made of this part of the track in the WBOPDC booklet. Apparently the track has been extended, and now runs alongside the estuary for some distance. Parts of the boardwalk have apparently been constructed quite recently. Several pukeko were seen here.

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Looking back down the estuary. The track crosses the headland to the right.

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The track ends abruptly with a small handwritten sign under a gnarly old pohutukawa tree.

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The nearby cattle probably find it entertaining to watch walkers coming past and turning around when they find the sign for the end of the walking track.

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The GPS tracklog shows the route followed. Total distance in both directions was 3.2 km, with a total walking time of 1 hour. Highest point on the track is only about 20 metres above sea level, but there are a few steeper, but short, climbs on the way.

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The satellite image, from Google Maps, shows the area in more detail. The track continues for a short distance just off the left side of the image.

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The track was walked on March 3, 2016.

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