The track starts on the right hand side of the road as you head into the park. After crossing the fence and stream, the track is marked clearly and heads straight towards the bush.
The track enters predominantly manuka and regenerating tanekaha on a clay track leading quite steeply up the side of the valley. Once you are near the top of the ridge, there are impressive views of the peninsula and out towards the Poor Knights Islands.
From here you can either make your way back the same way or continue and go down to the coast and back to the car park via the beach.
Mimiwhangata Coastal Park is 48 km from Whangarei and 52 km from Russell. Take the old Whangarei-Russell coastal road, turn-off at Helena Bay and continue on Webb Road. After Teal Bay the road is unsealed, narrow and winding, and unsuitable for towing caravans. Mimiwhangata Coastal Road is after the Ngahau Bay turn-off.
Know before you go
- No dogs as they are a threat to nesting shorebirds, brown teal and kiwi and also disturb the farm animals.
- Portable stoves and liquid fuel is a major concern in dry months. No fires are permitted within the park or on the beach.
- Remove all your rubbish.
- Northland reserve bylaws apply to Mimiwhangata Scenic Reserve.
- Overnight campervan stays are not permitted.
- Camping is only permitted at Waikahoa Bay.
- Follow tracks and use stiles where provided.
- The rest of the farm is open for walking. Avoid disturbing stock and leave gates as you find them.
- Farm hazards exist, including some electric fences.