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Waipu Coastal Walkway

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This page contains information about the Waipu Coastal Walkway between Waipu Cove and Lang's Beach.
Updated: 18/12/2018 11:29 a.m.
Photograph of Waipu Coastal Walkway track.

​Hen and Chicken Islands

This walk has been developed by members of the Waipu Lions Club following the vision of the late Alan McKenzie, who was a local resident.

The track follows an exposed and remote coastline allowing for impressive coastal scenery much of the way. 

There are wonderful views out to the Hen and Chickens Islands and Whangarei Heads. 

Land and sea birds can be observed along the way.  Mature coastal pohutukawa forests grow from steep limestone cliffs, with rock formations similar to those at Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island.

Please note that this track is under development and is currently maintained by the Waipu Lions Club.

Waipu Cove to Waterman Drive

Grade:        3
Time:          1.5hrs
Distance:     2km

This is the longer section of the walkway and can be done in either direction. It tends to be flatter and passes through more open pasture alongside the coast.

In places it crosses private land with riparian rights so please stay on the path.

Waterman Drive to Ding Bay

Grade:        2
Time:          45 minutes
Distance:    900m​

This is the shorter and more challenging section of the overall walkway requiring some of the rocky outcrops to be traversed.

What to expect

  • This walk requires a reasonable level of fitness and agility. There are stiles, steps, ladders and rocks to climb. 
  • Following wet weather the track becomes very slippery in areas.  Part of the walkway is near a steep drop into the sea or onto rocks below. Take care and supervise youngsters.
  • The entry / exit points at both Waipu Cove and Ding Bay may require you to wade through water.  Please be aware of high tide times before you begin your walk.
  • Dress for rapid changes in the weather.  Good footwear is recommended.
  • Please stay on the track, follow the orange markers and do not trespass onto private property.

To download and print a map of the track, follow the link below.

Waipu Coastal walkway map [95kb]

How to get to Waipu Cove

Follow SH1 south from Whangarei and take the turn-off to Waipu. Turn left in the Waipu township and follow the road to Waipu Cove.

One can park in the car-park near the toilet block. Approximately 100 m south of the car-park you cross a small estuary at the start of the walkway.

Alternatively, if you are only intending to do the shorter section to Ding Bay, continue south until you come to Waterman Drive on your right where there is a small parking area beside the road.

Location:  Waipu Cove, Waipu.


​Track grades

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.

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


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