This is just a short access track that takes you to a lovely beach, and skirts the Pataua estuary.
The track is almost flat and easy, but there is no wheelchair access.
Pataua is a very popular beach that offers safe swimming in the estuary and the ocean side.
The Pataua South community is a 45-minute drive east of Whangarei. Pataua South road is off the Whangarei Heads Road. The car park is located down Mahanga Road.
Know before you go
Study the signs and respect the area.