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.
Access to the Mauao base track: Those with limited mobility can hire a scooter from
LoCol Rides BOP to access this beautiful and culturally significant track.
Whirinaki Te-Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park
This stunning, ancient forest lies in the heart of the Bay of Plenty. One of the walking tracks, the H-Tree Track is wheelchair accessible (with assistance). The walk will take you through this grand podocarp forest, which is home to a large population of native birds so keep your eyes and ears out! As an extra, the H-Tree Track includes a treasure map for kids and adults, giving you clues to find some of the Whirinaki’s treasures. Read more on the Department of Conservation website.
Please note: Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park is about a 2.15-hour drive from Tauranga or 1.45-hours from Whakatāne. This is a remote area of New Zealand and cell phone coverage is not guaranteed. We recommend you visit the Department of Conservation (DoC) website to check for weather alerts and visit the DoC office in Murupara before going into the Whirinaki: 1188 Main Road, Galatea 3079.
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.