Issued 28th Jan 2023 and as at 7th Feb 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, SH25a and the Tapu Coroglen roads have been closed. Some local DOC campsites are also closed. Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies. Driving times and routes can be found here.
The walk/cycle track has now been completed to Awa Whio Whio (Duck Creek)
You can also start the track from the parking area at the end of Tangitarori Lane. The track continues on from there through the newly planted Thames Coromandel District Council, 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 Tangitarori 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 to the Lakes Resort entrance on Hikuai Settlement Road. An easy gradient, mostly flat trail with a good surface, great for e-bikes and children, runners and walkers.
Built by volunteers, the dream is to carry on all the way around the upper harbour to Tairua.