Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Omokoroa Seaside Caper

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Anthony Sowerby

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 11








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Type of Run



Totally/mostly flat


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.9%


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Estimated Times to Run







Begin outside the Omokoroa Boat Club and run down The Esplanade to pick up the trail at road's end. Follow the trail until the end at about the 3km mark where you'll need to head up to Lakeside Terrace. There's about 1km of footpath running along Lakeside Terrace and then left onto Lynley Park Drive.

Pick the trail up at Tamihana Park where you'll cross a bridge and when the trail forks go left. This will take you on a loop up to Ongarahu Pa and around Plummer's Point. There's a short section where you can run on the grass verge or road (very few cars) until you reach Kotuku Reserve. Look out for a blue cycle way marker on the right which will complete the loop and take you back to the trail and eventually where you began.

The route forms part of the Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway. There's plenty of birdlife and sweeping sea views to keep you interested along the way as well as the impressive looking Ongarahu Pa at Plummer's Point.

Usually there's plenty of parking by Omokoroa Domain, although this can be busy during height of summer and holidays.

26 km

28 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

There may be water available in some of the parks that you run through, but best bring your own.

It is quite exposed so can get hot during summer. Sunscreen and drinking water are well advised.

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Raewyn Peters

Raewyn Peters

has completed Omokoroa Seaside Caper once in the last year.

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The loop at the far end of the route can be run in either direction.

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Trail Reviews

A great track to run on as it has a mix of boardwalk, cycle track, road, and sand. I have done this track in varying parts a number of times but if time is limited this small loop is great. There is a modern toilet block at the halfway point with a drinking fountain just at the front.

Paul Ewart

October 30, 2022

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