Whangamumu Harbour viewed from the track

Image: Sarah Wilcox | Creative Commons


Go for an easy forest and beach walk to Whangamumu Harbour and Te Toroa Bay. Learn about the history while challenging the kids.

Track overview

4.2 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only


About this track


Come for a walk along a path that whalers used to take in the early 20th century to one of New Zealand’s last remaining shore-based whaling stations. 

This track is a comfortable walk starting at the Tangatapu wetlands through regenerating coastal forest up and over a ridge to the sandy beach at the head of the Whangamumu Harbour. Interpretation signs explain the historic features of the area. The track is not suitable for mountain biking.

Once at Whangamumu Harbour turn left along the beach and take the short 10-minute track to the historic Whangamumu Whaling Station. This track can be walked up 1-2 hours either side of high tide; at other tide times this short section of beach track is closed to walkers.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 5,600 steps.

Getting there

Access to the Whangamumu Track is from Rawhiti Road, 1.1 km from the Manawaora Road and Rawhiti Road intersection.

From Russell, take the Russell-Whakapara Road for 13.8 km and turning off at Kempthorne Road. Follow the road through Parekura Bay, continuing on to Manawaora Road. At the top of the road, turn left onto Rawhiti Road.

From Whangarei travel north turning off SH1 at Whakapara. Follow the Russell Road until you get to Rawhiti Road.

History and culture

The harbour was where one of New Zealand’s last shore-based whaling stations existed: the historic Whangamumu Whaling Station.

Know before you go

  • No fires due to risks to wildlife.
  • The track crosses private land for the first 15 minutes of the walk so remain near the DOC track markers.
  • Mountain biking is not permitted on this track.

Safety and security

  • Check the tide timetable before leaving to ensure you can walk across the beach to the historic Whangamumu Whaling Station.
  • Secure car parking facilities are available for a small fee at a nearby property.
  • Before leaving for your walk, make sure your vehicle is locked and any valuables out of sight.

Related link

Whangamumu Track - Walk the North e-book


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