The Tirohanga Track leads to a lookout in the hills overlooking Picton, with good views of Picton and the surrounding area. The track is well formed, and can be walked as a loop including some streets in Picton, or as a gentle climb and return to Garden Terrace, or a steeper track from Newgate Street. Total distance for the loop is about 5.5 km, with a climb from near sea level to the highest point at about 250 metres above sea level.
Limited parking is available on Newgate St and on Garden Tce, but for the loop walk it’s possible to park in one of the streets in the town and then walk to or from the two end points of the track. Public toilets are located by the Powerhouse Reserve on Wairau Rd. This walk was done in a clockwise direction starting and ending on Wellington Street.
The track to the summit of Mt Pauanui, previously known as Mt Tairua, is located in an area managed by the Department of Conservation, but the tracks are developed and maintained by local volunteers. There is a direct track to the summit, starting near the carpark at the end of Pauanui Beach Road, which is quite steep and uneven in places. Another, less used, track starts at Cave Bay, leading to the summit on a mostly gentler gradient. Together with the walk along the waterfront the two tracks form a loop walk, in a recommended anti-clockwise direction.
There is a short description of the tracks in a brochure, Coromandel Recreation Brochure, which can be downloaded from the DoC web site.
The Ohope Harbourside Trail is currently a work in progress, as an initiative by the Whakatane Rotary Club. There is a walking and cycling trail between Waterways Drive at its western end, and Port Ohope Wharf at its eastern end. On the way it passes through grassed reserves, with gravel surfaces on the recently formed parts of the trail. As well as being accessible at both ends, it is also accessible from various locations along Harbour Road and Ohiwa Parade.
The trail is about 3.5 kms long, with no steps and only gentle slopes. Parking is available at both ends as well as some of the access points, with some grass areas also being used for parking. There are toilets at Otao South Reserve, close to Harbour Road near Phillip Street.
The Morrinsville River Walk is a walking track about 1.5 km long between the entry to the Morrinsville Recreation Ground on Avenue Road South and Studholme Street, running through a forested valley parallel to the Waitakaruru Stream for most of the way. Starting from Avenue Road South, where parking is available, the first 300 metres or so of the track is on open ground alongside Avenue Road South. It then enters the forested area, with two alternative tracks. One lower down alongside and close to the stream, and one higher up alongside the recreation reserve boundary. This walk was done in both directions, using the lower track on the way to Studholme Street and the upper track on the return. Continue reading
Rongomai Track, Te Auheke (also known as Cascades) Track and Tarawhai Track are all located in the Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve, near the Okataina Outdoor Education Centre, off Lake Okataina Road. Rongomai Track is also part of the Western Okataina Walkway, and is a continuation of the track described in the post Okataina Western Walkway; SH30 to Patotara. Te Auheke Track (or Cascades Track) is a loop track, starting and ending near the education centre. Te Auheke means ‘tumbling water’. Tarawhai Track can also be walked as a loop track, with one end on the access road to the education centre, and the other joining with the Western Okataina Walkway just south of the education centre.
The walk was done starting from the access road to the education centre, along Lake Okataina Rd to Patotara and the northern end of Rongomai Track, Rongomai Track from Patotara to the education centre, Te Auheke Track in a clockwise direction, and Tarawhai Track in an anti-clockwise direction back to the education centre access road. All the tracks are a fairly easy walk, with very few steps and only short ascents and descents. Total walking distance was 7.1 km, for a total time of 2 hours. Continue reading
Ohauiti Reserve runs parallel to and partly alongside Ohauiti Road between McFetridge Lane and Rowesdale Drive. A number of walking tracks run through and across the reserve, with areas of bush, wetlands, open grassland, and flood plains. The reserve tracks are included in the brochure Tauranga Walkways and Cycleways, available for download from the Tauranga City Council web site.
The brochure does not mention the locations of the various access points, or where parking can be found near the reserve. A small parking area is available on McFetridge Lane, with only on-street parking available near the other access points. There are no toilets in the reserve or nearby. Continue reading
The walkway and cycleway through Wairakei and Topaz Drive Reserves, described in the previous post, continues through the Papamoa drainage reserve from Domain Road for about 3.3 km, crossing over several streets, and ending at Pacific View Road. There are side tracks leading to various streets bounding onto the reserve. The track can be walked as part of a loop including Papamoa Beach, or returning to Domain Rd by Papamoa Beach Rd, or as in the walk described here returning by the same route through the reserve.
There are various parking options at the shopping centre on Domain Rd, on Domain Rd itself, or on nearby streets. There are toilets in the Papamoa Plaza and in other locations within the shopping centre. On the one-way walk, but including the longer side track to Oriental Parade walked in both directions, the total time from Domain Rd to Pacific View Rd was about 45 minutes, with a distance of 4 km. Without the side track the distance was 3.3 km, with a time of about 40 minutes.
Walkways and cycleways run through stormwater drainage reserves between Parton Road the Pacific View Road in Papamoa. They cross various streets along the way, and there are side tracks leading to streets adjacent to the reserves. This walk was done starting at Parton Rd, through the reserves to Domain Rd, along Domain Rd to Papamoa Domain, along the sand dunes through Papamoa Beach Reserve (or Papamoa Coastal Reserve), and back to Parton Rd. A total distance of about 7.7 km.
Tauranga City Council publishes a small brochure, Tauranga Walkways and Cycleways, with descriptions of various walking and cycling tracks within the city. A previous version of this brochure contained the loop walk described here, whereas the current (undated) brochure describes only the part through the drainage reserves.
The walkway around Lake Hakanoa, on the eastern side of SH1 and Huntly, is a popular destination destination, and being almost level it is pram and wheelchair friendly. It is accessible from Huntly Domain at the end of Park Avenue, and also from Lakeview Terrace. When the lake level is high parts of the track may be flooded and inaccessible.
Several parking areas as well as toilets are available in the Domain. Information about the walkway is available on the Huntly i-Site web site. The walkway is about 3.8 km long and is split into 13 different zones, each with it’s own separate and different identity. Development is ongoing at some sites, such as the Japanese garden. Continue reading
Lake Puketirini at Huntly, on the western side of the Waikato River, is a man-made lake developed from a disused coal mine pit. It is part of Puketirini, a Waikato District Council owned park. Recreational boating is available on the lake, but access to the boat ramp requires a key from the council. A walkway /cycleway follows the lake edge, and several other tracks lead elsewhere through the park.
The park, lakeside track, and one of the boat ramps can be accessed off Rotowaro Road down a short, nameless access road at the eastern end of the lake. Another boat ramp at the western end of the lake is accessible off Weavers Crossing Road. Toilets are available near both boat ramps. Continue reading