Short Walks, Hikes and Attractions near The Riverbank


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 Short Walks, Hikes and Attractions near The Riverbank

We recommend that you read Hilton's book The Tutukaka Coast Loop Road then plan your activities in the area. 

This book deals with all the best things in the area that aren't in the Visitor Brochures and the reasons why you should choose to stay longer in the area. There are just so many fun things to do here. This is bush and coast better than you have ever seen.

The distances listed below are the distance from The Riverbank Homestay and B&B to the places mentioned in the book.

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From your Room                                              - Half hour loop bush walk in the Hugh Crawford DoC Reserve

                                                                            - One hour hour loop bush walk around the Waiotoi River Valley 

Ngunguru Estuary Walk                                 - 2km - Allow 30 minutes

Snell Point Reserve, Ngunguru                        - 2km - Allow 30 minutes

Ngunguru River estuary and village              - Salt Air Cafe - 3km - Make a morning of it

Tutukaka Block Road - Church Bay              - 6km. Safe swimming & picnic beach

                                    - Kowharewa Bay         - 7km Safe swimming & picnic beach

                                    - Pacific Bay                 - 8km Safe swimming & picnic beach

                                    - William Parata Wellington Reserve -  Coastal view lookout - 8km

                                    - Rauhomaumau          - Walk to beach - 8km

                                    - Whangaumu              - 9Km Safe swimming & picnic beach.

Ngunguru Hilltop Walk                                   - 3km - allow 1 hour. Views of Ngunguru Sandspit

Ngunguru Sandspit                                          - Access by boat only - All day picnic

Coastal walk                  - From Ngunguru to Whangaumu and return from Te Maika Road - 4km - allow 90 minutes. Start at Te                                           Maika Road by the school. Need half tide or lower.

Waiotoi Road                - Matapouri Track - 6km to start - Allow 4 hours

                                        - Tane Moana (Giant Kauri) - 6km to start - Allow 2 hours

Pukenui Road               - Te Toiroa Road Walk - 7km to start - Allow 1 hour

                                       - Bratty's Bush Reserve - 7km to start - Allow 2 hour

Tutukaka                      - The Buffalo Track      - 6km. A short track from the end of the Tutukaka Marina car park

                                       - Tutukaka Marina        - 6km

                                       - Schnappa Rock Resturante - 6km

Tutukaka Lighthouse               -  8km - Allow 1.5 hrs - Accessed from a walk at the end of Landowners Ln Needs half tide or                                                           lower

Matapouri Bay                          - 12km. A stunning ocean beach

                                                    - Matapouri Bay / Whale Bay coastal walk - Allow 2hrs

                                                    - Matapouri Bay lagoon - Kayaking into the mangroves to Clements Road

Whale Bay                                 - 14km - Spend the day at the beach. Access from the Whale Bay carpark on Matapouri Road or                                                       Matapouri Bay.

Woolleys Bay                            - 15km. Beautiful ocean beach. Picnic and swimming

Sandy Bay                                - 16km. Ocean surf beach. Picnic and swimming

Whananaki Coastal Walk      -  16km - 6hr walk to Whananaki and return

Waro Lake Reserve                 - 33km. Interesting rock formations and lake. Swimming

Whangarei Falls                      - 17km. Northlands most photographed waterfall (Boundary Road)

AH Reed Memorial Reserve   - 21km. Bush walk. Kauri trees (Whareora Road)

Mair Park                                - 21km. City park with a stream walk (Ruamoki Street)

Abbey Caves                            - 24km. Glow worms. Caves and bush walk

Whangarei Hatea Loop          - 32km. 4.2km loop walk from the Whangarei Tpwn Basin via Te Matau a Pohe bridge

Taheke Falls                             - 22km to carpark. Bush walk. 46m waterfall

Glenbervie Forest                    - 18km. Pine forest and bush walks

Stone Walls                              - 12km. Interesting drive by on Ngunguru Road at Glenbervie

Scow Landing & Waipoka Reserve    -  6km.Picnic areas by the Ngunguru River. Historic Coal mining and timber

Waipoka Road end                  - 8km Walk to Old Kaiatea and return

Captain Percy's Boat Trip     - 4.8km. A must do down the Ngunguru River. Hear the history of our river from the beginning                                                         Must book. Ph 09 437 5500    

The above can be viewed directly on Google Maps CLICK HERE