This page contains information about the short walkway along the cliff top to Huitau Pā at Taiharuru.
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Huitau Pā is an historical Māori pā site overlooking McGregor’s Bay at Taiharuru, on the coast east of Whangarei. There are no visible remains of occupation.
Huitau Pā walkway
Time: 25 minutes return
Distance: 500 metres
The walkway begins at the small car-park on Taiharuru Road overlooking “the gap” - a narrow cleft in the rocks which can be a spectacular sight when the sea is rough.
What to expect
A short gentle climb from the car-park along a grassy track to the edge of the cliffs over the sea. The walkway continues along the cliff edge for approximately 300 metres. Beautiful views to the south take in the Hen and Chicks islands and on a clear day include Little Barrier Island in the far distance.
The path turns off to the right to the pā itself from where there are extensive views over the small settlement of McGregor’s Bay. Follow the path back to the road, respecting the private olive grove on your left, and being careful to stay well away from the edge of the cliff which is eroding badly. Walk back along the road to the starting point.
Follow the link below to download a printable map of the track.
Huitau Pā Walkway Map [73kb]
How to get to Taiharuru
Follow the route from Whangarei signposted to the airport and Whangarei Heads.
When you have passed through the village of Parua Bay, continue straight on at the junction with the Whangarei Heads Road which is signposted to Pataua South.
After approximately 3 km, turn right onto the Taiharuru road towards the coast. Six km further on, after driving through typical Northland rural scenery, there is a small parking area on the right which is the start of the walkway to the pā.