Enjoying the Bay's beautiful outdoors
Te Moananui ā Toi | the Coastal Bay of Plenty, is a slice of paradise on New Zealand’s East Coast. Made up of some of the country’s best beaches and short walks, it’s a wonderful place to go to get back to nature.
GETTING OUT ON THE BAY'S TRACKS AND TRAILS
Mauao (Mount Maunganui)
There are many stunning walks in Te Moananui a Toi | the Coastal Bay of Plenty and none is more famous than Mauao (Mount Maunganui).
Access to the summit: Assisted access to the mountain’s summit is now possible with the trail rider, a single wheeled e-powered mobility transport supporter. The single wheel supports the rider’s weight while the handles at the front and the back allow two, three or four helpers to guide the rider up and down tracks. To help navigate the steep terrain of Mauao, the trail rider must be operated with a minimum of four guides at all times. Read more about the trail rider or watch the video on Tauranga City Council’s website. Book through Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park.
Whirinaki Te-Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park
There are adventures waiting for you in the Whirinaki:
- H-Tree Track is a 2.2-kilometre track that is wheelchair accessible with assistance and includes a Treasure Map for kids and adults to help discover the Whirinaki’s treasures.
White Pine Bush track
The White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve in Whakatāne contains huge kahikatea (white pine) tree and is a habitat for native birds such as tui, kereru (native pigeons), fantails, bellbirds, silver-eyes, grey warblers and ruru (morepork).
A 250-metre wheelchair-accessible walkway has been built into the heart of this reserve. The walkway incorporates a nature trail, where the many tree and plant species present are identified. Read more on the Department of Conservation website.
Warren Cole and River Edge Walk and Cycleways
Based in beautiful Whakatāne, this track is fully paved and makes for an easy and picturesque experience. There are many birds to spot along the way and you’ll be alongside the river for the whole trail. Read more on the Whakatāne.com website.