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This page contains information about the walkways in and around Tutukaka, the diving and game-fishing centre of Northland. It is also the gateway to some stunning scenery that can be enjoyed from a number of short walks.
Updated: 18/12/2018 11:29 a.m.

View from William Parata lookout

The Tutukaka coast is internationally recognised as being iconic. 

It is naturally rugged and interspersed with glorious sandy beaches against a backdrop of native bush with very impressive overhanging pohutukawa trees. 

These walkways enable easy access to this magnificent beach and bush area.

Times given are for walking the tracks one way only.

William Parata Lookout

Grade:        3
Time:         15 minutes
Distance:    200 metres

Just south of Tutukaka village, turn into the Tutukaka Block Road and follow it for about 2.5 km to Dolphin Place. The track up to the lookout is 200 metres on the right of the road. 

Dolphin Place beach access

Grade:         2
Time:          10 minutes
Distance:     300 metres

Follow the same route for the William Parata lookout walkway. The beach access walkway is almost opposite the track to the lookout.

Rauhomaumau beach access

Grade:         2
Time:          10 minutes
Distance:     240 metres

Take the Tutukaka Block Road, turn left 2km along the road into Motel Road and then right into Rauhomaumau Road. The walkway is on the left, at the end.

Lawson Drive bushwalk

Grade:          2
Time:           20 minutes
Distance:      370 metres

Follow the Tutukaka Block Road almost to the end then turn left along Lawson Drive.  The Bush Walk is signposted at the end of this road.

Whangaumu lookout

Grade:           2
Time:            10 minutes
Distance:       125 metres

Take the Tutukaka Block Road to Whangaumu (Wellington’s Bay). Turn right and follow the road to the end from where the walkway is sign posted.    

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

Tutukaka walkways map [160kb]

What to expect

  • these generally short walks provide access to some stunning bush clad coastline 
  • there are cafes and restaurants at Ngunguru and Tutukaka, making this a superb destination area for locals and visitors alike. 

Good footwear is needed for these walks, which are generally unsurfaced and can be slippery when wet.  The coast can be very exposed and weather can change rapidly.

How to get to Tutukaka

Tutukaka is situated north-east of Whangarei on the coast. 

Take the route north from Whangarei through Tikipunga, Glenbervie and Ngunguru onto Tutukaka, a distance of 25km. 

Location:  Tutukaka, Whangarei.


​Track grades

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

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

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


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