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Huarahi o te Whai, Hatea Loop Walkway

This page contains information about the Huarahi o te Whai, Hatea Loop, walkway incorporating Whangarei's Town Basin, Pohe Island and Riverside.
Updated: 18/12/2018 11:29 a.m.

The Hatea Loop is a 4.2km fully accessible walkway that circles the Hatea River. 

The walkway links the Town Basin with Te Matau a Pohe and William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island - from which a variety of activities can be enjoyed.

The entire loop is accessible for walking, jogging, pushbikes, all sorts of mobility aids and scooters and is also suitable for push-chairs. 

Dogs can also be taken but must be on a leash at all times.

Hatea Loop statistics

  • creates a 4.2km multi use trail loop around the inner harbour, including Town Basin, Riverside Drive and Art Park

  • links together numerous existing and future activities and experiences

  • crosses three bridges

  • includes 2.4km of new 2.5m wide, broom finished concrete surface suitable for all non traffic vehicles from skateboards to mobility scooters with saw cut control joints, to make for a smoother ride

  • traverses challenging terrain such as capped landfill and reclaimed estuarine environment

  • this project utilised waste materials such as remnants from Tutukaka pontoon. Steel remnants from Te Matau a Pohe were used to create bespoke site furniture and features. 

Part of a bigger picture

The Hatea Loop that weaves past shops, through markets, beside yachts, parks and industrial areas, across the new cycle and footbridge over the Waiarohia Stream, is part of a grand vision of an area that all people can enjoy however they want to.

Kotuitui Whitinga - the bridge across the Waiarohia Stream ties the visual elements of the sail-like canopy and the rib-like wind-break on the Canopy Bridge at the Town Basin end of the loop walkway with the two dramatic hooks of Te Matau a Pohe at the other end.

Along the walkway people can enjoy an open-air market in summer, cafes, galleries and shops.

From Clapham’s Clocks it is only a short walk to the popular Town Basin destination playground, and from there to Reyburn House gallery (one of the original buildings on the waterfront) and studio.

Meandering along the riverside, people can admire the new Art Park and study the Heritage Trail, before arriving at the Riverbank Theatre.  From there it is only a few steps to the Waka and Wave Millennium sculpture. 

The path has now been extended to connect with the brand new bridge across the Waiarohia, which steps off onto a new pathway along the opposite river bank to Te Matau a Pohe. 

From there the path across William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island passes the Dog Park in one direction, the BMX track, an all ages cycle track and skatepark, before heading back towards the Town Basin past boatsheds, Riverside Park and yachts. 

Time given is for walking the loop. 

Hatea Loop

Grade:         1
Time:           60 minutes
Distance:      4.2 km

The Hatea loop can be accessed from a variety of points.  Many chose to start the walk from the Town Basin - although there is also parking adjacent to the Te Matau a Pohe bridge, on Pohe Island, and along Riverside Drive.

Location:  Town Basin, Central Business District, Whangarei

What to expect

An easy circular, surfaced walk around the Hatea River with spectacular views of the Marina, bridges, heritage, sculpture and art walks.

Numerous options to stop and enjoy the facilities which include a dog agility park, family-friendly skatepark and BMX track, playgrounds and parks.

During business hours there are also a variety of shops and cafes to enjoy.



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