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).
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.