Ngā Tapuwae O Toi
Ngā Tapuwae O Toi is Māori for ‘in the Footsteps of Toi’. The trail is aptly named as it traverses the heart of what many centuries ago was the great chieftain, Toi’s dominion. His stronghold Kapu-Te-Rangi (the pā of gentle breezes) is one of the oldest known pā sites in New Zealand and is a highlight of the walkway (Kōhī Point).
Following significant rainfall in October, a section of the much-loved Ngā Tapuwae o Toi walkway has been out of action after a large slip caused extensive damage to the track. The slip, which occurred on the section between West End, Ōhope to Ōtarawairere Bay, is as a result of an extended period of wet weather and sodden ground conditions. It remains highly unstable. A structural engineer with significant experience has completed an assessment of the site and Whakatāne District Council is now awaiting their design proposal for remediation. In the meantime, the track will remain closed indefinitely between West End, Ōhope and Ōtarawairere Bay for safety reasons. The good news is, there are multiple alternative routes to explore along the walkway and Council have installed signage along the track which includes a map of these alternate courses. To access Ōtarawairere Beach/Bay, you can do so via the track between number 115 & 117 Ōtarawairere Road or the track at the West End of the Bay (subject to tides - click here for more info).
Overlooking Whakatāne, this incredible panorama stretches from the volcanic peaks of Whakaari/White Island to Mount Tarawera. The track meanders through superb native forest, spectacular Pōhutukawa stands, unsurpassed coastal views and seabird colonies. Keep an eye out for tūī, bellbirds, fantails and the occasional kereru as the bush surrounding Whakatāne and Ōhope is filled with birdsong and the common native bush birds.
Spanning over three major reserves – Kōhī Point Scenic Reserve, Ōhope Scenic Reserve and Mokorua Scenic Reserve – Toi’s track can be undertaken in sections or as a 16-kilometre round trip which can take between 5 to 7 hours.
This trail is a Kiwi friendly zone and no dogs are allowed on the track.