The Loop Walk around the headland provides a little of everything that Mimiwhangata has to offer, shady beaches, rocky shores, archaelogical sites, farmland, native vegetation and a chance to glimpse some bird life including the rare brown teal.
It is an informal route that follows the farm road north from the main car park (please respect the privacy of any people using the lodge). The track makes a complete loop sidling around the hill. You can leave or join the track at any number of places and it affords views down the long, sweeping Mimiwhangata Beach or offshore.
Binoculars are useful for viewing the numerous ducks in the ponds. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the brown teal.
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.