Walk through one of the best examples of semi coastal forest on the east coast of the North Island on this loop track - it's suitable for older children.

Track overview

4.5 km loop

Walking and tramping

2 hr 30 min Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


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.

Getting there

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.

The track is clearly marked with orange triangles where necessary, markers of others colours may be present but these indicate biodiversity work areas and are not walking tracks. Do not follow any markers other than the orange track markers.


Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
Phone:   +64 6 869 0460
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   63 Carnarvon Street
Gisborne 4010
Postal Address:   PO Box 668
Gisborne 4040
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