Hātea Loop walkway

Hatea loop, Huarahi o te Whai

The entire loop circles the Hātea River, and is accessible for walking, jogging, pushbikes, mobility aids, scooters and push-chairs.  

The walkway connects Town Basin, Te Matau a Pohe, William Fraser Memorial Park, Kotuitui Whitinga, Canopy Bridge, Clapham’s Clocks, Town Basin playground, Reyburn House gallery, a sculpture and heritage Trail, Riverbank Theatre, Waka and Wave Millennium sculpture, and Riverside Park along the way.


The Hātea Loop (Huarahi o te Whai) can be accessed from a variety of points. There is parking at Town Basin car parks, Bascule Carpark, and Pohe Island Carpark.

What to expect

  • An easy, circular, surfaced walk around the Hātea River with spectacular views of the Marina, lifting bridges, heritage panels and sculpture.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. 
  • Numerous activities including Camera Obscura, a dog agility park, family-friendly skatepark and BMX track, playgrounds and parks.
  • During business hours, there are also a variety of shops and cafes to enjoy.

You can view a map of the walkway which includes the location of activities, sculptures, public toilets, carparks and other facilities.

Hātea Loop walkway map(PDF, 155KB)

Hātea Loop

Grade:         1
Time:           60 minutes (whole loop)
Distance:    4.2 km

  • Multi-use trail loop around the inner harbour, including the Town Basin marina, two lifting bridges and a sculpture and heritage trail
  • Crosses three bridges with numerous activities on the way
  • Fully-accessible.

Read about the historical significance of heritage trail and art along the loop:

Heritage trail and art walk


Reyburn House Lane, Whangārei 0110  View Map

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