Wander through the 374 ha Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve to a lookout that offers visitors excellent views of the Wairoa Coast and the reserve.
The loop track takes you through one of the best examples of semi coastal forest on the North Island east coast. Tawa and kohekohe forest is varied with stands of nikau, rimu, rewarewa and a fern flanked, picturesque stream.
There is a picnic area part way along the track. It's a perfect spot to stop and have a break beside the stream.
This reserve is located 7 km south of Mahia Beach up the narrow, winding and unsealed Kinikini Road.
Know before you go
Though steep in places, the track is not difficult for someone of average fitness. Sturdy shoes are needed as there are stream crossings and you will get your feet wet.
German wasps and their nests are common along this track in summer months. Take care, and consider visiting at another time if you are allergic to wasp stings.