The walk/cycle track is an easy gradient, mostly flat trail with a good surface, great for e-bikes and children, runners and walkers. The trail has now been completed past Awa Whio Whio (Duck Creek) and Lakes Resort, a total of 6.4km, with plans to continue building all the way to Tairua.
You can also start the track from the parking area at the end of Tangiteroria Lane. The track continues on from there through the Memorial Forest, commemorating the Sinai – Palestine campaign of WWI. A short loop track starts just after the Forest. You can take the inland or riverside part of the loop and carry on, or you can simply enjoy the much shorter walk around the loop - about 1.2km back to Tangiteroria Lane. The riverside part of the loop passes over boardwalks and through mangrove wetlands.
A little further on, you will soon come across a small kids BMX practice track.
Follow the estuary along the Tairua River to Awa Whio Whio (Duck Creek), crossing the wetlands and the Tangiteroria Stream (Gumdigger Creek). The latest section of track is just over 3km long and takes you past the Lakes Resort entrance on Hikuai Settlement Road to end for now on farmland next to the Tairua River.
The trail then follows the estuary along the south eastern side of the Tairua River up to Awa Whio Whio (Duck Creek). You will cross wetlands and a new bridge over the Tangiteroria Stream (Gumdigger Creek). There's another entry/exit point opposite the Lakes Resort entrance on Hikuai Settlement Road.
For the next 2.5km, the trail parallels Hikuai Settlement Road before turning right to traverse farmland, ending at a point next to the Tairua River.
Built by volunteers, the dream is to carry on all the way around the upper harbour to Tairua.