Orokawa Scenic Reserve short walking tracks
Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay
Time: 45 min one way
The walk to Orokawa Bay commences at the northern end of Waihi Beach. It may not be possible to access this track from the beach at times of high tide and strong swell. The track is popular and skirts the coastal headlands before descending into Orokawa Bay. This beach is not considered safe for swimming due to the steep grade of the seafloor, but is popular for picnicking with its lovely overhanging pohutukawa.
Orokawa Bay to William Wright Falls
Time: 20 min one way
The William Wright Falls are located 20 minutes inland from the northern end of Orokawa Bay. The track is tramping grade with multiple stream crossings and should not be attempted in heavy rain.
Orokawa Bay to Homunga Bay
Time: 2 hrs one way
This track has been re-conditioned following a major rain event; with a massive contribution from the local community. The track winds around the headlands north of Orokaway Bay, leading to the popular fishing location of Homunga Bay.
Homunga Bay to Ngatitangata Road
Time: 45 - 60 min one way up
Homunga Bay can be explored before returning the same way, or follow a pole-marked route through adjacent farmland to Ngatitangata Road. As this is a steep climb up, many people who wish to do a one way choose to start here and walk through to Waihi Beach.
Orokawa Bay is located north of Waihi Beach, off State Highway 2 at the end of Waihi Beach road. The track starts at the northern end of Waihi Beach.
Homunga Bay can be accessed from the end of Ngatitangata Road.
Good fishing can be found off the rocks at the northern end of Orokawa Bay. Take care for tidal movements and wave conditions which can change suddenly.
About the area
Orokawa Scenic Reserve has beautiful coastal views, good rock fishing and lovely picnic spots throughout. There are many historic pa sites within the reserve and mine tunnels along the coast are reminders of the largely unsuccessful attempts to extract gold from this area. There are various walks around Orokawa Bay and Homunga Bay with numerous nikau plams, pohutukawa and puriri trees.
Plan and prepare
You must be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on longer day walks. Ensure you have strong, comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good rain coat, first aid kit, food and drink, sun hat and sunscreen. It is also advisable that you leave your tramping intension with a reliable person, in case you get lost.
Caution: Track may be inaccessible at high tide.
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