Awaroa Pioneer Trail (Trip #9)

Cruise to Awaroa, then take a 2 hour walk to Tonga Quarry (4 hr walk also available)

  • Availability: All year
  • Best For: Discover the northern beaches
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri - Awaroa 1 hr 45 mins. Tonga - Kaiteriteri 1 hr 30 mins
  • Walk: Awaroa-Tonga 1.5 - 2 hrs, 5 kms (3 mls)
  • Start: 9.20 or 10.30 am
  • Finish: 4.10 pm
  • Cost: A $84 C(5-14 years) $42, under 5 Free. On-line booking *prepay saver $81
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Please note: the river mouth at Onetahuti has changed, creating a tidal crossing in the centre of the beach. This crossing can be negotiated comfortably 4 hours on either side of low tide. Outside of these times, you can be wading through water over your waist. Please contact us for advice on the best time to book this trip. Click here for tidal information.

Take a scenic cruise through Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pause to view the antics at the resident Seal Colony, then land at Awaroa Beach to discover the beauty that inspired the crowd-funding campaign to buy the land back from private ownership and return it to the National Park. 

Take in the panoramic views of the largest inlet on the coast, holding relics of Maori and European settlement. Then, walk over a forested saddle to Onetahuti where a unique board walk and bridge, designed by local Maori iwi leads onto the golden sands of the beach. Walk along the beach and continue on to picturesque Tonga Quarry.

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If you prefer a longer walk, continue on to Medlands Beach for pickup. See Awaroa Trail 4 hour Walk for details.

Prices valid to 30 Sept 2019

Terms and Conditions

9.20 or 10.30 am: Board our boat at Kaiteriteri to take a scenic cruise to Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pausing to view the antics at the resident Seal Colony. 

11.05 am or 12.20 pm: Disembark on the Awaroa sandpit - a long stretch of golden sand with panoramic views of the largest estuary on the coast. Explore this historic area, with relics from Maori and European settlement, then start your 5 km (3 mile) walk over a forested saddle to Onetahuti (gentle grade up to maximum elevation 85 m/280 ft). Here a unique board walk and bridge, designed by local Maori iwi, leads from the forest onto the spectacular golden sands of the Beach.

Walk along the beach then continue for around 15 minutes along the Coastal Track to picturesque Tonga Quarry cove.

3.00 pm: Meet your boat pick up at Tonga Quarry beach to return to Kaiteriteri at 4.10 pm

If you prefer a longer walk, continue on to Medlands Beach (4.1 kms or 2.5 miles) for pickup. See Awaroa Trail 4 hour Walk for details. (Available 20 Oct - 31 March)

Departure Timetable

20 October to 18 April
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20 or 10.30am
Arrive Awaroa 11.05am or 12.15pm
Pick up Tonga 2.50 or 4.55pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.10 or *6.00pm
*No bus connection with later pickup.

19 April to 19 October

Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Arrive Awaroa 11.05am
Pick up Tonga 2.50pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.10pm

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