Nga Tapuwae o Toi, or the "Footprints of Toi", is a walkway which captures the essence of the Whakatāne 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.
The track includes three major scenic reserves - Kohi Point Scenic Reserve, Ōhope 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 five to seven hours. Information boards placed in strategic locations tell much more of the district's natural and historic heritage.
If you intend to complete the entire 16-kilometre round trip, it is recommended you do so in a clockwise direction; the track is far more challenging going in the opposite direction.
Kohi Point walkway - Whakatāne to Ōhope
Time needed: 2 -3 hours
Start from Seaview Road in Whakatāne. This incredibly scenic walk includes ancient pa sites, native bush, stunning cliff top views and the beautiful Otarawairere Beach. A must for keen walkers.
Note that Otarawairere Beach is inaccessible on foot during high tide. Please check with the Whakatāne Visitor Information Centre for the latest tide information. You can also access tide tables at MetService.
If you are walking to Ōhope and wish to return to Whakatāne by bus, the Beach Hopper Bus can pick you up at the Ōhope Beach Haven store. Phone the Whakatāne Visitor Information Centre for bus times.
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Fairbrother Loop Walk
Time needed: 1 hour
The Fairbrother Loop Walk is the first portion of the Ōhope Scenic Reserve. It takes one hour if you take the full loop back to Ōhope, or you can continue on to the Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve.
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Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve - "The Bird Walk"
Time needed: 1 - 1.5 hours
The Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve is a fine example of the self-healing powers of New Zealand's native forests. Most of the area was originally cleared for farming between 1910 and 1920. In 1969 it was declared a scenic reserve, and it now has a high canopy of native trees and is home to many native birds. This portion of the track offers a number of views over Whakatāne and the surrounding area.
Please respect the many taonga, or treasures, you will encounter and help us to ensure they endure for the benefit of future generations. To protect the wildlife, including kiwi, dogs are not permitted on the track.
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Ōhope Scenic Reserve
Ōhope Scenic Reserve combines the Fairbrother Loop Walk and the "Bird Walk". It includes one of the country's largest remaining coastal pohutukawa forests and has 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.
This walkway includes walks through wetlands and is also well-known for its native birds, which include tui, bellbirds, fantails and kiwi.
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