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Tauranga and Mount Maunganui's walkways are the ideal way to enjoy the stunning scenery the area has to offer.

An excellent  Walkways Booklet has been produced containing maps and detailed information on walks in the area.

Walkways Booklet  (2.31mb pdf) 

This web page will provide you with brief information on each walk and a link to an easy print page you can take along with you.

Walkway - Mount Maunganui Main Beach



Mauao Mount Maunganui

Stroll around the base or venture higher up and admire the breathtaking views this walkway has to offer.

Walking Time:
Base track: 45 mins
To summit: 40 mins

Your guide to walking: Mauao Mount Maunganui  (124kb pdf) 

View over Mt Maunganui from Mauao summit



A series of pathways follow the Papamoa stormwater reserves, providing a walking and cycle link from Pacific View Road to Wairakei Reserve.

Walking Time:
Papamoa Domain to Pacific View Rd: 40 mins
Pacific View Rd to Gravatt Rd via Hartford Ave Reserve: 45 mins
Papamoa Beach Reserve to Wairakei Reserve: 50 mins
Wairakei Reserve loop: 25 mins

Your guide to walking: Papamoa (155kb pdf)

Papamoa Beach


Welcome Bay

The tracks through Owens Park and Waioraka Reserve are among the city's most scenic pathways.

The tracks in Johnson Reserve follow streams, wetland areas, native bush and open grassed areas.

Walking Time:
Allow 2 hours to explore these areas completely.  
40 mins will enable you to walk from James Cook Drive through Johnson Reserve to Victory St, or complete the smaller loops. 

Your guide to walking: Welcome Bay (138kb pdf)

Johnson Reserve


McLaren Falls Park

McLaren Falls consists of 190 hectares of lakeland park with one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island.  The park has extensive walkways.

McLaren Falls Park

Your guide to walking:  McLaren Falls Park  (388kb pdf)

Mclaren Falls - Cherry Bay


Papamoa Hills Park

 Papamoa Hills Regional Park

 Papamoa Hills

Waimapu Estuary

Yatton Park is home to some of the city's tallest trees and is a popular dog walking area.

Walking Time:
Yatton Park/Turret Rd: 1 hour
Esk St/Yatton Park loop: 40 mins return 

Your guide to walking: Waimapu Estuary  (165kb pdf)

Yatton Park



The Tauranga CBD is notable for its historical points of interest.

Walking Time:

Your guide to walking: Tauranga/CBD  (142kb pdf) 

The Old Railway Bridge - Tauranga

Ohauiti Reserve

A destination walkway featuring bushwalks, flood plains and pen grasslands.

Walking Time:

Your guide to walking: Ohauiti Reserve (160kb pdf)

Ohauiti Reserve


Waikareao Estuary

A 9km loop track ideal for walking and cycling.  All ages and abilities can enjoy the flat winding boardwalks.

Walking Time:Trip Advisor Certifcate of Excellence
Complete loop: 2 hours

Your guide to walking: Waikareao Estuary  (200kb pdf)

Walkway - Waikarea Estuary


Otumoetai Foreshore/Matua Saltmarsh

A popular picnic and paddling area with views of the inner harbour, Rangiwaea and Matakana Island.

Walking Time:
Maxwells Rd to Kulim Park: 15 mins
Kulim Park to Beach Rd Reserve: 10 mins
Beach Rd Reserve to Fergusson Park: 15 mins
Matua Saltmarsh: 15 mins

Your guide to walking: Otumoetai Foreshore/Matua Saltmarsh (160kb pdf)

View across to Mt Maunganui from Kulim Park


Bethlehem to City via K Valley

An excellent network of tracks linking the Bethlehem area to Cameron Road through bush and alongside waterways.  Parts of the track are still in development so are only suitable for mountain bikes.

Walking Time:
30 mins return

Your guide to walking: Bethlehem to City via K Valley (180kb pdf)

Bethlehem Wetlands


Gordon Carmichael Reserve

Excellent walking and cycling links between Bethlehem and Brookfield through 60 hectares of stormwater reserve with native plants and a wide variety of birds.  An outdoor classroom was built in 2009 which is used for things like the Learning Through Discovery programme for schools.  

Walking Time:
30 mins return

Your guide to walking: Gordon Carmichael Reserve (179kb pdf)

Walkway - Gordon Carmichael Reserve


The Lakes

The Lakes development is built around man made parks and lakes.  There are 20 kilometres of cycle and walkways suitable for mobility scooters and cyclists.

Walking Time:

Your guide to walking: The Lakes (168kb pdf)

Walkway - The Lakes


For information on walking in the Western Bay area visit Western Bay of Plenty District Council website.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

You can also find information on DOC walking tracks on the Department of Conservation website.

Department of Conservation walking tracks

For information on joining a walking group in your area go to the City on its Feet webpage on the Sport Bay of Plenty website.

City on its feet

Walkway - Waterfront, Tauranga

Last Reviewed: 15/03/2017