Nga Tapuwae o Toi, or the "Footprints of Toi", is a walkway which captures the essence of the Whakatāne District. It includes pa sites of major historic significance, superb native forest, spectacular pohutukawa stands, unsurpassed coastal views, seabird colonies, forest birds in abundance, plantation forest and rural vistas.ENQUIRE VISIT WEBSITE
Ngā Tapuwae o Toi Walkway
Ngā Tapuwae o Toi is Māori for ‘in the footsteps of Toi’. It’s aptly named for 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 White Island/ Whakaari to Mt tarawera. The track meanders through superb native forest, spectacular pohutukawa stands, unsurpassed coastal views and seabird colonies. Keep an eye out for tūī, bellbirds, fantails and the occasional kereru as the bush surrounding Whakatane 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 km round trip which can take between five to seven hours.
This is a kiwi friendly zone and no dogs are allowed on the track.