The Motutara Recreation Reserve lies halfway between Russell and Whangarei. At the reserve you’ll find several small beaches and some good fishing and diving spots.

Track overview

3.7 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

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About this track


This is an enjoyable and easy short walk across open farm land, from where you can take in lovely coastal scenery. Once you are in the reserve you are free to wander in any direction you like. Out on the headland there are several small, secluded beaches and some good fishing and diving spots.

Getting there

The start of the Motutara Recreation Reserve is in the Whananaki village on the east coast, halfway between Russell and Whangarei (40 km north east from Whangarei). It is signposted from Rockell Bay Road and begins at the base of the hill in the village.

Take care, as there is limited roadside parking.

Know before you go


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
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