Huitau Pā - Taiharuru

Huitau Pā is a historical Māori pā site overlooking McGregor’s Bay at Taiharuru, on the coast east of Whangārei. There are no visible remains of occupation. 

The walkway overlooks “the gap” - a narrow cleft in the rocks, which can be a spectacular sight when the sea is rough. You can see beautiful views to the south, showing the Hen and Chicks Islands, and on a clear day include Little Barrier Island in the far distance.

You can also enjoy extensive views of the small settlement of McGregor’s Bay. 


There is a small parking area on the right hand side of Taiharuru road, which is the start of the walkway to the pā.

What to expect

  • A short gentle climb from the car park along a grassy track to the edge of the cliffs over the sea.
  • The walkway continues along the cliff edge for approximately 300 metres.

There may be some known and potential hazards that users should be aware of and avoid.

Known hazards - Waipū Caves and Council reserves

Huitau Pā walkway

Grade:      2
Time:        25 minutes (return)
Distance:  500 metres

Be extra careful to stay well away from the edge of the cliff, which is eroding badly. Walk back along the track to the starting point.


Taiharuru Road, Whangārei 0192  View Map

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