Northland

Northland

Paihia to Opua Coastal Walkway - OPEN

Northern Start
Waitangi Bridge, Paihia
Southern End
Opua Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands
Distance
8km
Time
2hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Take care around water, slippery rocks.
Description
(North to South)
From the Waitangi Bridge, follow the coastal Marsden Rd via beach or footpath south through Paihia township.

At the southern end of Paihia Beach (i.e. junction of Marsden & Seaview Rds by toilets/carpark), you have 2 options:

  1. When the tide is out, follow the coastline from Paihia Beach around to Haumi Bay.
  2. If the tide is in, take the footpath south on Seaview Rd to Haumi Bay.

From the southern end of Haumi Bay, follow the signed track beside/under the bridge and around the coast to the east until you reach Opua.

The track provides wonderful views of the Veronica Channel.

 

(Note: if planning to kayak to Waikare - see next section - it is easier to launch from the Paihia beach, details in Waikare Connection information)


 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Available are a full range of amenities (population 1770)
 
Paihia
 
General / Visitor Information
i-SITE Visitor Information Centres - The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia - P: 09 402 7345 or 0800 363 463 - E: paihia@visitnorthland.co.nz -For further information on Paihia and Russell log onto: W: www.paihianz.co.nz and W: www.russellnz.co.nz
 
Local transport / Assistance - Between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests.
Derek spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 4027717 
 
Getting there/away
Air New Zealand  or See Kerikeri 
InterCity - From Auckland - Kerikeri - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 Calls costs
Kerikeri Taxis. shuttles and Tours - P: 09 407 9515 or 021 407 951- E: info@kerikeritaxis.co.nz 
Passenger Ferry:  For Paihia - Russell. Departs on demand every 20 minutes from 8.30am until late. 
Last ferry 1 September to 30 October 7.30pm, 1 June to 31 August 5.30pm. Tickets are purchased on board. Waitangi drop-off subject to conditions
 
Accommodation
There are many options available, however options include:
YHA Bay of Islands (Paihia), Corner of Kings & MacMurray Rds, Paihia - P: 09 402 7487 E: bayofislands.paihia@yha.co.nz
Waitangi Holiday Park & Mayfair Lodge backpackers - 1 Tahuna Rd, Waitangi - P: 0800 55 6660 or 09 402 786 - E: waitangiholidaypark@xtra.co.nz 
The Pickled Parrot - Greys Lane, Paihia - P: 09 402 6222 - E: thepickledparrotnz@gmail.com
$15pp camping (incl continental breakfast), 10% discount on dorm/private rooms when you are a Te Araroa walker.
Centabay Lodge - 27 Selwyn Rd, Paihia - P: 0800 402746 - E: centabay@xtra.co.nz
 
Accommodation en route
Beachside Holiday Park - 1290 SH 11, Paihia - P: 09 402 7678 Freecall 0800 55 6660 - E: info@beachsidehioliday.co.nz
Opua Motel - 24 Franklin St, Opua - P: 09 402 7632 - E: opua.motel@xtra.co.nz 
 
Resupply
Countdown Supermarket - 9 Blackbridge Rd, Paihia 
4 Four Square Supermarket - 41 Williams Rd, Paihia
Opua General Store - next to Russell Ferry Ramp - P: 09 402 7575 - E: opuastore@paradise.net.nz 
 
 

 

 

Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop Cafe at Waitangi Visitor Centre
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities in Paihia
  • Accommodation YHA Bay of Islands, Paihia - see above
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
Closest Town(s)
Paihia
Managed by
Far North District Council
Northern Start
Waitangi Bridge, Paihia
Southern End
Opua Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands
Distance
8km
Time
2hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)
From the Waitangi Bridge, follow the coastal Marsden Rd via beach or footpath south through Paihia township.

At the southern end of Paihia Beach (i.e. junction of Marsden & Seaview Rds by toilets/carpark), you have 2 options:

  1. When the tide is out, follow the coastline from Paihia Beach around to Haumi Bay.
  2. If the tide is in, take the footpath south on Seaview Rd to Haumi Bay.

From the southern end of Haumi Bay, follow the signed track beside/under the bridge and around the coast to the east until you reach Opua.

The track provides wonderful views of the Veronica Channel.

 

(Note: if planning to kayak to Waikare - see next section - it is easier to launch from the Paihia beach, details in Waikare Connection information)


 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Take care around water, slippery rocks.
Description
(North to South)
From the Waitangi Bridge, follow the coastal Marsden Rd via beach or footpath south through Paihia township.

At the southern end of Paihia Beach (i.e. junction of Marsden & Seaview Rds by toilets/carpark), you have 2 options:

  1. When the tide is out, follow the coastline from Paihia Beach around to Haumi Bay.
  2. If the tide is in, take the footpath south on Seaview Rd to Haumi Bay.

From the southern end of Haumi Bay, follow the signed track beside/under the bridge and around the coast to the east until you reach Opua.

The track provides wonderful views of the Veronica Channel.

 

(Note: if planning to kayak to Waikare - see next section - it is easier to launch from the Paihia beach, details in Waikare Connection information)


 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Available are a full range of amenities (population 1770)
 
Paihia
 
General / Visitor Information
i-SITE Visitor Information Centres - The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia - P: 09 402 7345 or 0800 363 463 - E: paihia@visitnorthland.co.nz -For further information on Paihia and Russell log onto: W: www.paihianz.co.nz and W: www.russellnz.co.nz
 
Local transport / Assistance - Between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests.
Derek spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 4027717 
 
Getting there/away
Air New Zealand  or See Kerikeri 
InterCity - From Auckland - Kerikeri - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz 
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 Calls costs
Kerikeri Taxis. shuttles and Tours - P: 09 407 9515 or 021 407 951- E: info@kerikeritaxis.co.nz 
Passenger Ferry:  For Paihia - Russell. Departs on demand every 20 minutes from 8.30am until late. 
Last ferry 1 September to 30 October 7.30pm, 1 June to 31 August 5.30pm. Tickets are purchased on board. Waitangi drop-off subject to conditions
 
Accommodation
There are many options available, however options include:
YHA Bay of Islands (Paihia), Corner of Kings & MacMurray Rds, Paihia - P: 09 402 7487 E: bayofislands.paihia@yha.co.nz
Waitangi Holiday Park & Mayfair Lodge backpackers - 1 Tahuna Rd, Waitangi - P: 0800 55 6660 or 09 402 786 - E: waitangiholidaypark@xtra.co.nz 
The Pickled Parrot - Greys Lane, Paihia - P: 09 402 6222 - E: thepickledparrotnz@gmail.com
$15pp camping (incl continental breakfast), 10% discount on dorm/private rooms when you are a Te Araroa walker.
Centabay Lodge - 27 Selwyn Rd, Paihia - P: 0800 402746 - E: centabay@xtra.co.nz
 
Accommodation en route
Beachside Holiday Park - 1290 SH 11, Paihia - P: 09 402 7678 Freecall 0800 55 6660 - E: info@beachsidehioliday.co.nz
Opua Motel - 24 Franklin St, Opua - P: 09 402 7632 - E: opua.motel@xtra.co.nz 
 
Resupply
Countdown Supermarket - 9 Blackbridge Rd, Paihia 
4 Four Square Supermarket - 41 Williams Rd, Paihia
Opua General Store - next to Russell Ferry Ramp - P: 09 402 7575 - E: opuastore@paradise.net.nz 
 
 

 

 

Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop Cafe at Waitangi Visitor Centre
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities in Paihia
  • Accommodation YHA Bay of Islands, Paihia - see above
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
Closest Town(s)
Paihia
Managed by
Far North District Council