Tūtūkākā walks

A photo of Whangaumu, also known as Wellington's Bay, on the Tutukaka Coast.

Immerse yourself in nature on the Tūtūkākā coast on a short walk or enjoy the view from a clifftop lookout. 

These short walks have their starting point near the coastal villages of Ngunguru and Tūtūkākā Marina which both have cafes and eateries for you to enjoy after your walk.


Car parking is available at Whangaumu Street, near Whangaumu lookout.

What to expect

  • Glorious sandy beaches set against a backdrop of native bush and pohutukawa trees. 
  • Good footwear is needed for these walks as they are generally unsurfaced and can be slippery when wet.
  • The coast can be very exposed and weather can change rapidly.

William Parata lookout

Grade:       3
Time:         15 minutes (one-way)
Distance:   200 metres

Just south of Tūtūkākā village, turn into the Tūtūkākā 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 (one-way)
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 (one-way)
Distance:    240 metres

Take the Tūtūkākā 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 (one-way)
Distance:     370 metres

Follow the Tūtūkākā 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 (one-way)
Distance:      125 metres

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


51A Rauhomaumau Road, Tutukaka, Whangārei 0173  View Map

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