These walks provide
excellent opportunities for both the professional and hobby
photographer or the keen bird and wildlife watcher.
Rotokare: Starting at Rotokare
Scenic Reserve, near Eltham, a 4.2km walk passes through native bush
around Lake Rotokare.
PG Nops and Joe Gibbs Reserves:
Easy bush walks (10 minutes) starting at Tawa Street, Inglewood.
Large native and exotic trees in delightfully natural riverside settings.
walk ambles through an 18 hole golf course covered with old and lovely
trees. Also featured are historic sites of Taranaki Land Wars.
Domain: Circular walk in a 36 hectare blend of open spaces, plantations,
bush and a wetland area, Barrett Lagoon. The domain is also a wildlife
From Mt Bryan Domain to Waiwhakaiho Park, this is a
5.5km walk mainly along coastal reserves
Walk West: From Richmond Cottage to the Herekawa Stream, this
6km walk follows much of the western foreshore.
Powderham Street, starts at Sir Victor Davies Park. Walk 5km along
the stream to the outskirts of the city.
Henui: One of the national walkways, extends from the coast at
East End Reserve to the city’s southern boundary, nearly 5kms.
River: State Highway 45, Okato. 4km walk crosses
farmland to return along Stony River.
Just off State Highway 45, Layard Street, Opunake.
7km walk features beautiful river, beach and lake scenes, majestic
views of Mt Taranaki and many points of considerable historic interest.
Hydro Walk: Turn off Ball Road, 10km north of Patea.
Lakeside walkway through virgin bush.
Centennial Walkway: 6km west from Stratford on Opunake Road, Cardiff
(Waingongoro River). The walkway follows the river for 3km.
Walkway: Commences Regan Street West, Stratford and follows the
banks of the Patea River. Walk takes about 1.5 – 2 hours.
A comfortable 20 minute bush and riverside walk
beside Patea River as it flows through King Edward Park, Stratford.
Take State Highway 43 to the Kohi Saddle 48km east of Stratford, then
4 days walk to the Wanganui River. Hut accommodation available.
the Mountain Walk:
A 3 to 5 day, mostly well marked 55km tramp
with huts at day tramp intervals. Can be started at road ends.
Pukearuhe Road, off State Highway 3. Walk through picturesque historic
areas. Alternative land or beach routes, check the tides. Walkway
closed July to September for lambing season.
Taranaki has five Heritage
Trails including two driving trails found on SH43 Stratford to Taumarunui
and Surf Highway 45 around our mighty Mountain.
Plymouth Heritage Walkway: A circular walk beginning at
Pukeariki Landing (adjacent to the Centre City Shopping Complex, Gill
Street). Allow at least 2 hours for the round trip.
Highway 43 Trail – Stratford to Taumarunui:
(Self-drive tour) Trail starts from the roundabout, corner of Broadway
and Regan Street, Stratford. Distance: 150km (including 30km of metal
road from the foot of the Tahora Saddle to Tatu). Travelling time:
2.5 hours by car / 3-3.5 hours with caravan or campervan (allow at
least this time for stops and two days to see all the features completely)
Petrol available at: Stratford, Toko, Ohura (10km off the main route),
Tokirima and Taumarunui. Toilets available at: Ohura, Whangamomona
Hotel, Mt Damper Falls, Ohinepa Recreation Reserve and Moki Forest.
Highway 45 Trail – Taranaki:
Distance: approximately 230km around the mountain. The Trail lends
itself to shorter drives from New Plymouth and Hawera. Travelling
time: non-stop the Trail can be driven in 2.5 hours. It is suggested
with stops to visit sites, that a full day be taken on a circular
round-the-mountain route. Petrol and toilets available at: Patea,
Hawera, Oakura, New Plymouth, Urenui Beach and Stratford.
Points and Scenic Places:
Rata Scenic Reserve Stony River, Okato
Hill: Robe Street, New Plymouth
Moturoa Scott Street, New Plymouth
of the Waters, 5 minutes south of New Plymouth on State Highway
Mangamahoe, State Highway 3, south of New Plymouth
Lucy’s Gully, State Highway 45, 3km south of Oakura
Heights Cutfield Road, New Plymouth
Rock, Centennial Drive, New Plymouth
Domain, Mangorei Road, New Plymouth
Bryan Domain, Octavius Place, New Plymouth