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This page contains information about the Reotahi coastal walkway at Whangarei Heads; a series of short walks combining to form a longer coastal route past one of the newest marine reserves.
Updated: 4/11/2019 9:24 a.m.

Along the Reotahi Coastal Walkway

This is an easy walk along a stunning piece of coastline within the Whangarei Harbour. 

It skirts the Reotahi Marine Reserve and the remains of an historic meat processing plant with views over to the Marsden Point port and oil refinery. 

Magnificent pohutukawa trees along the track are a feature of the walk.

It can be walked as a single walk or in shorter sections and can also form part of a longer circular walk in conjunction with the Mount Aubrey track.

The time given is for walking the track one way only.

McLeod Bay to Reotahi (circular)

Grade:       2
Time:        1.5 hours
Distance:   2.8 km

Starting at the end of Stuart Road in McLeods Bay, a surfaced walkway follows the coast along the edge of a Department of Conservation reserve. 

This is an easy section to walk with only a few steps along the route. 

The track emerges onto Darch Point Road in Reotahi and continues at a right turn into Matuku Street.

A the bottom of the street, a bridge crosses the creek and the walkway passes over what appears to be someone’s lawn before turning left up into Norfolk Avenue. 

Two impressive Norfolk Pine trees mark the reserve and the walkway continues here on the other side of the playground, going down some steps to Reotahi Road. 

Turning right leads up to the car park at the end of Beach Road where there are public toilet facilities.

From the car park, the walkway continues past the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve, named after Motukaroko Island within it. 

The path is an easy grade and mostly surfaced as it passes through the remains of the old freezing works which operated between 1910 and 1921, exporting frozen meat to England. 

The walkway continues on towards Little Munro Bay, passing the track up to Mount Aubrey on the left about 300 metres before the end.

At Little Munro Bay, follow the road up the hill out of the settlement until it joins the Whangarei Heads Road. Turn left and follow the footpath back to Stuart Road.

Follow the link below to download a printable map of the tracks.

Reotahi Coastal Walkway map [163kb]

What to expect

  • this is an easy walk, well marked but with some flights of steps in places 
  • it can be walked in shorter sections if desired or as a longer circular walk including the Mount Aubrey track 
  • the marine reserve at Reotahi can be busy at times and is a favourite spot for school study trips.

For further information about the Mount Aubrey track, follow the link below.

How to get to Reotahi

Follow the route from Whangarei signposted to the airport and Whangarei Heads. Just past the shopping centre in Onerahi, turn left onto Whangarei Heads Road.

The scenic drive runs along the edge of Whangarei harbour through the settlements of Waikaraka, Tamaterau and Parua Bay.

After approximately 13 kms, take a right turn at the junction signposted to Whangarei Heads and follow the road through McLeod Bay.

Access including car parking, can be found at Stuart Road (McLeod Bay) by the community hall, limited parking at Beach Road (Reotahi) and Bay View Road (Little Munro Bay).

Location:  Reotahi Road, McLeods Bay, Whangarei Heads


​Track grades

1  A well made path with
    easy access for most
    people including
2  A short walk
    generally on well
    made paths but
    may include steeper
3  A longer walking track
    usually well made
    including steps and
    more suitable for
    people with
    reasonable fitness.



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