Last Updated: 10th May 2024

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Daisy Hardwick Loop

Waikareao Estuary

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Ryan Cooke

Last Updated: 10th May 2024

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Grunt Factor: 5 ?

Gnarl Factor: 6 ?

8.5km

25m

25m

24m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Urban

Loop

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Coastal

Run Makeup

10%
40%
50%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.7%

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Estimated Times to Run

1:15

Slow

0:55

Moderate

0:40

Fast

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This trail is a perfect way to get off the tarmac and into a little bit of nature, right in the middle of town. A great lunchbreak loop.

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Starting at Maxwells road, head down the gravel path in front of the houses.
Follow the trail around until reaching Coach Dr, keep left here to stay on the Waikareao estuary walk. The trail becomes predominantly boardwalk from here until Waihi road.
Once at Waihi Road, turn left to go over the bridge and immediately left again to join back to the trail
Follow the gravel along side the expressway until reaching Chapel Street (under the motorway overbridge), turn left to stay on the footpath.
Keep on the footpath, crossing the Chapel street bridge, turn left on Maxwells road and the start/finish point.

Waikareao Estuary is a mixture of boardwalks, gravel and sealed footpath, you will pass through tidal mangrove and marshland.
The small island you can see out in the middle Waikareao estuary is Motuopae, it is a sacred burial ground so keep off.

There is a public toilet block on Maxwells Road (across the main road from the start). There is also a toilet block approx 3.7km in, at Ngai Tamarawaho Crescent.

Small carpark (approx 10 parking spots) on Maxwells Road.

2 km

5 minutes

Yes

No

Easy.

Stay left at Coach Dr to stay on the trail.
Once at Waihi Road, turn left to go over the bridge and immediately left again to join back to the trail.
When at Chapel St (under the motorway overbridge), turn left to stay on the footpath.

Perfect throughout.

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Water fountain at Toilet block at Coach Drive.

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Laura Crossan

has completed Daisy Hardwick Loop 22 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Excellent good-length loop on trails and boardwalk. Can get a bit busy at weekends

David Haunschmidt

October 4, 2023

Nice easy track, with a great outlook - very popular though - pick your time well if you want to avoid the masses.

Rob Holm

December 8, 2021

Super easy and scenic option, handy to the city.

Sarah Coxon

March 5, 2021

Great to have a bit of trail in the middle of the city!

Mat Barton

January 13, 2021

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