Trail Info


Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way

Walking Duration: 1 hr 40 mins
Return via same track
Distance: 3.4 km

Fitness: Low
Walking Difficulty: Easy

Dog Friendly: No

Highlights:
The Motutara Recreation Reserve lies halfway between Russell and Whangārei. At the reserve you’ll find several small beaches and some good fishing and diving spots.

Things to know:
Take care, as there is limited roadside parking. Wasps and wasp nests may be present in this area. Leave gates as you find them. Northland reserve bylaws apply to Motutara Recreation Reserve.

Location:
The start of the Motutara Recreation Reserve is in the Whananaki village on the east coast, halfway between Russell and Whangārei (40 km north east from Whangārei). It is signposted from Rockell Bay Road and begins at the base of the hill in the village.
-35.5337, 174.4644 - view map

This is an enjoyable and easy short walk across open farmland, from where you can take in lovely coastal scenery.

The first section of this track passes through private farmland and a campground before entering the reserve. Stay on the track. 

Once in the reserve, you can wander in any direction you like. Out on the headland, there are several small secluded beaches, and some good fishing and diving spots.

Getting there

The start of the Motutara Recreation Reserve is in the Whananaki village on the east coast, halfway between Russell and Whangārei (40 km northeast from Whangārei). It is signposted from Rockell Bay Road and begins at the base of the hill in the village.

Take care, as there is limited roadside parking.

Know before you go

Wasps and wasp nests may be present in this area.

Leave gates as you find them.

Northland reserve bylaws apply to Motutara Recreation Reserve.

Source: Department of Conservation (Banner image: 'Whananaki sky' by Alex Schwab / Creative Commons. Hero image: 'Whananaki, Northland, New Zealand, October 2007' by Phillip Capper / Creative Commons)

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Location

The start of the Motutara Recreation Reserve is in the Whananaki village on the east coast, halfway between Russell and Whangārei (40 km north east from Whangārei). It is signposted from Rockell Bay Road and begins at the base of the hill in the village., -35.5337, 174.4644