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
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Whirinaki Te Pua a Tāne Conservation Park is currently under rahui from Friday, 17 December 2021 until Monday 31 January 2022. The rahui affects all access to the Park for people from outside the immediate community. Ngāti Whare has a proud record of welcoming visitors to Whirinaki Te Pua a Tāne but has reluctantly taken this rare measure as a way of protecting its community. We ask you to respect the rahui, and do not visit Whirinaki Te Pua a Tāne until the rahui is lifted. (A rahui is a customary restriction or ban, restricting access or use of an area by the guardians of that area).
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.