The loop formation of the track means it can be walked from either direction. The best starting point is the entrance on the true right bank of the stream at the northern end of the recreation reserve. This is marked by the walkway sign.
After crossing a stile, the track winds up through young coastal forest with abundant birdlife to an open farm paddock. A brief climb through this paddock brings the walker to a ridge saddle with panoramic views of Anaura Bay, Motuoroi Island and the coastline to the south.
The track then curves down through pine-clad valleys and turns left off the vehicle track into the scenic reserve. The bed of the Waipare Stream is followed down through the scenic reserve, under the shade of the dense green native bush and out again to the recreation reserve.
The walkway is located at the northern end of Anaura Bay.
To get to Anaura Bay, turn off SH35 onto Anaura Road, about 67 km north of Gisborne. Travel a further 8.7 km down Anaura Road.
Know before you go
- There are water crossings above the ankles in the Waipare Stream, with a moderate climb to the lookout.
- Extreme care is required when crossing the streams. Only walk the track in dry conditions.
- The walkway may be closed at the discretion of the landowners due to fire risk.
- The track is boggy in one area approximately half way into the track.