Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkways

Nga Tapuwae o Toi, or the "Footprints of Toi", is a walkway which captures the essence of the Whakatane district. It includes pa sites of major historic significance, superb native forest, spectacular pohutukawa stands, unsurpassed coastal views, seabird colonies, forest birds in abundance, plantation forest and rural vistas.

Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkways

Nga Tapuwae o Toi includes three major scenic reserves - Kohi Point Scenic Reserve, Ohope Scenic Reserve and Mokoroa Scenic Reserve. The walkway is accessible to most people, regardless of fitness level because it can be undertaken in sections or as a 16 kilometre round trip. The total trip can be completed in 5 to 7 hours. Information boards placed in strategic locations tell much more of the district's natural and historic heritage.

History

Nga Tapuwae o Toi is aptly named for it traverses the heart of what many centuries ago was the great chieftain Toi's dominion. According to Ngati Awa oral traditions, Toi was a descendant of Tiwakawaka, a grandson of the legendary voyager Maui. Tiwakawaka, a grandson of the legendary voyager Maui. Tiwakawaka and his people were the first to settle in Aotearoa, coming to Whakatane (then named Kakahoroa) more than 1000 years ago from their homeland Mataora. Some 12 generations later Toi founded a great tribe, Te Tini a Toi (the myriads of Toi), which settled much of the North Island's east coast. His stronghold Kapu-te-rangi (the pa of gentle breezes) overlooks Whakatane and is a highlight of the walkway. Kapu-te-rangi is one of the oldest known pa sites in New Zealand. The Ngati Awa iwi, which today populates most of the Whakatane district, descend from Toi's youngest son Awanuirangi.

A video of the first portion of the track, from downtown Whakatāne to West End in Ōhope Beach, is included below.

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Kohi Point Walkway - Whakatane to Ohope

This incredibly scenic walk includes ancient pa sites, native bush, stunning cliff top views and the beautiful Otarawairere beach. A must for keen walkers. 
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Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve or the "Bird Walk"

The Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve is an example of the self-healing powers of NZ’s native forests, experience natural and historical richness along the walkway. 
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Fairbrother Loop Walk

A walk through one of the largest remaining coastal pohutukawa forests with outstanding scenic and conservation values. During the summer flowering season, the reserve is ablaze with brilliant crimson flowers and the walk is a very special experience. 
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Ohope Scenic Reserve

This walkway includes walks through wetlands and is also well known for it's native birds which include tui, bellbirds, fantails and kiwi. 
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