Awaroa Pioneer Trail 2 hour Walk (Trip #9)
Take a journey to discover the reason why Maori and European explorers fell in love with this region and chose to settle here.
- 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 (all year) or 10.30 am (1 Oct-30 April)
- Finish: 4.15 pm
- Cost: A $84 C(5-14 years) $42, under 5 Free. On-line booking *prepay saver $81
TIDAL CROSSING: a recent storm has changed the river mouth at Onetahuti, creating a tidal crossing in the centre of the beach. This can be negotiated comfortably 4 hours on either side of low tide. This means if you are within 2 hours of high tide, you can be wading through water over your waist (on large Spring tides, the water can be over 3 metres deep). Please contact us for advice on the best time to book this trip. Click here for tidal information.
Take a scenic cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pause to view the antics at the resident Seal Colony then land at Awaroa, where panoramic views of the largest inlet on the coast hold 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
9.20 or 10.30 am: Vista Cruise departs 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 4.15 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.
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20
Arrive Awaroa 11.05am
Pick up Tonga 3.00
Return Kaiteriteri 4.10
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Arrive Awaroa 11.05am
Pick up Tonga 3.00pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15pm