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This page contains information about the pleasant leisurely walk at Tamaterau, along the edge of the harbour.
Updated: 4/11/2019 9:24 a.m.
Photograph of the sign at Devonshire Park.

​Beginning of the walkway

The short walk lies below the canopy of mature pohutukawa trees as it hugs the rocky harbour coastline, with views toward the upper harbour. 

It is a surfaced and/or mown grass route that is easily accessible under most weather conditions.

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

Tamaterau to Scott Road

Grade:        1
Time:          20 minutes
Distance:     500 metres

The walkway begins behind the ‘Devonshire Reserve’ sign in the car park at Tamaterau. 

After an initial short rise, the surfaced path levels to follow the coast under the canopy of mature pohutukawa trees. 

Half way along, the walkway opens to become a wider, mown grass reserve. It ends at the attractive boat ramp, at the end of Scott Road.

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

Tamaterau Coastal walkway map [141kb]

What to expect

A good walking surface which will suit less able visitors but there is a gradient when leaving the car park. This is a safe, peaceful walk with good facilities, including toilets.

How to get to Tamaterau

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 settlement of Waikaraka to Tamaterau, which is well signposted.

A public carpark access to the Devonshire Reserve and the beach is by way of a turnoff to the right at the point where the road curves in a left hand bend.

Toilet facilities are available adjacent to the carpark.

Location:  Tamaterau, Whangarei.


​Track grades

1  A well made path
    with easy access for
    most people
    including families.

2  A short walk generally
    on well made paths
    but may include
    steeper sections.

3  A longer walking track
    usually well made
    including steps and
    more suitable for
    people with
    reasonable fitness.



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