OROKAWA BAY WALK
This popular walk starts at the northern end of Waihi Beach. Wind around the coastal headlands to reach Orokawa Bay and enjoy a picnic on the beach in the shade of giant pohutukawa trees. Allow 45 minutes each way. If you’re on holiday at Waihi Beach, a walk around the coastal headland to Orokawa Bay is an amazing way to spend a few hours.
At the very northern end of Waihi Beach (just past the surf lifesaving club) you’ll find the entrance to this track. Access isn’t always possible during high tide or if there’s a very strong swell, so pick the right time to go.
It’ll take you around 45 minutes to walk through the lush dense bush and descend down into Orokawa Bay. Enjoy the sounds of birdlife as you pass by towering pohutukawa trees, kauri, puriri and our native nikau palm trees.
You’ll have stunning views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean during this walk, including a bird’s eye view over Waihi Beach’s white sand before you disappear over the top of the headland.
This is an easy to moderate walk but it is hilly so wear sturdy walking or running shoes rather than jandals. There are no toilets, drinking water, food or facilities available along the way, so make sure you’re well prepared before you set out.
A stunning beach awaits your arrival at Orokawa Bay. Fringed with pohutukawa trees and clear blue waves rolling ashore, this is a great spot for a picnic or sunbathing and there’s plenty of room for you to spread out away from any other beachgoers.
Unfortunately this beach is not considered safe for swimming due to the steep grade of the seafloor and the potential for rips, but good fishing can be found off the rocks at the northern end of the bay. Be aware of tidal movements and wave conditions which can change with little warning.
Orokawa Bay is part of a 145ha scenic reserve and there are other walking tracks here which you can choose to explore. The 30m-high William Wright Falls are another 20 minutes inland from the northern end of the bay. You’ll need to cross several streams and climb over a few rocks along the way, so don’t attempt this track in heavy rain.
Or if you really want to stretch your legs, carry on walking north to Homunga Bay. It’ll take you another 90 minutes or so to reach this spot and you’ll need a good level of fitness.
Orokawa Bay and Homunga Bay are considered to be two of the most scenic beaches in our coastal region. Enjoy exploring them for yourself.