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Orokawa Bay & William Wright Falls, Bay of Plenty

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Orokawa Bay & William Wright FallsBeginner

Submitted by Mark Samson

Info Info

Trail Information





Bay of Plenty

Waihi Beach

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:45 (Novice)
1:30 (Intermediate)
1:15 (Elite)



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From the north end of Waihi Beach follow the DoC track for 2.5km over to Orokawa Bay. Once you arrive at the bay, keep on the narrow, less used track amongst the pohutukawa and keep going north. You'll do two small creek crossings before heading up an incline off the beach and you'll be on the track that leads to Homunga Bay. Stay on this track for two hundred metres looking out for the sign on your left pointing to Willaim Wright Falls. Follow the orange DoC markers for about 1km (it might seem longer) upstream and the falls are up a short track that you'll see on your left. It's well marked. There are lots of creek crossing on this last section.
Turn around and head back the way you came.

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Features of interest

Run through DoC pohutukawa forest along the cliff-tops to secluded Orokawa Bay, into nikau palms as you head up the creek to Willam Wright Falls. The creek and the falls cut through cool volcanic rock formations.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 50%

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  • Access

    At the very north end of Waihi Beach look for the well-signposted track that continues north over to Orokawa Bay.

    Park in the car park at the northern end of The Esplanade, Waihi Beach. There is a toilet/shower block about 100m south and a kid's playground. There's also very safe swimming in front of the surf club.

    2 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    The William Wright Falls Track is 200m north of where you leave the north end Orokawa Beach

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    The only water available is from the creeks. These drain from farms inland so I wouldn't recommend them for drinking. Take your own.

    The creek that you follow up to the falls might get deep and swift after prolonged rain in winter but will generally be ok to cross all year round.

    This is a pretty safe trail.

  • Post run indulgence

    Flat White Cafe
    Shaw Road, Waihi Beach
    Great hosts and spectacular beachfront location

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