WALKS AND HIKES IN WHANGAMATĀ
Do you want to explore the best walking trails on the Coromandel Peninsula? Whangamatā’s unique coastal beach location surrounded by the luscious native Coromandel Forest Park offers some of the region’s most beautiful walking trails.
Our local trail information will guide you in exploring the scenic walking and challenging hiking trails throughout Whangamatā. You will also have access to the exquisite beaches on the Coromandel Peninsular.
The Wentworth Valley trail is an enjoyable family walk that leads to the magnificent Whangamatā Waterfalls. The coastal area surrounding Whangamatā provides walking trails winding down from the clifftops to secluded beaches. We recommend you take on Pokohino Beach and Octopus Bay in Onemana as a couple of our favourite walking trails that you can’t miss.
PENINSULA RD LOOKOUT
Lookout Loop | 15 min | Easy
Harbour Loop | 30 min | Easy
Access to the walking path is located at the southern end of the Peninsula Road car park. The Whangamatā Harbour loop winds down towards the harbour and The Whangamata Lookout loop offers a breath-taking view of Whangamatā from above.
2 hrs return | Easy
Wentworth Valley Waterfalls trail begins at the end of Wentworth Road. The trail to the waterfalls winds through lush native bush to the Whangamatā Waterfalls. Don't forget to take a picnic and your togs.
20 min return | Easy
From the Opoutere Beach car park, cross over the wooden footbridge and continue through the pine forest for 10 minutes. Wharekawa Harbour lies at the southern end of Opoutere beach and is protected by a sand-spit. The sand-spit is a breeding area for several endangered native birds.
40 min return | Easy-Int
The entrance to the Octopus Bay walking track is accessible via the reserve at the Onemana Drive car park. ( Look for 337 Onemana drive in your GPS ) The track is a short walk that winds along the cliff with spectacular views. The beach is only accessible via foot and the serenity is breathtaking.
50 min return | Intermediate
Pokohino Bay is a secluded beach that is accessed via an often, unmarked trail. Head to Onemana and take the Forestry Road, Normans Access Road. From the car park, a steep 20 min walk that can be at times a scramble through slippery terrain. This trail is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
40 min return | Easy
Whiritoa is a small beach town, located 10 minutes south of Whangamatā. Cross the lagoon at the northern end of the beach and begin the track up the hill. The track is an easy 20 mins walk through beautiful Pohutukawa trees with some steeper areas with steps.
8 hrs return | Intermediate
The Pinnacled hike is a popular New Zealand hike, located in Coromandel Forest Park. The Pinnacles hiking trail can be complete in one day or as an overnighter, staying at an 80pax DOC hut in the forest.
Follow the gravel road from the Kauaeranga Valley Visitor’s Center in Thames for 9km to access the trail.