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Cooks Cove Walkway Return , Gisborne

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Cooks Cove Walkway Return Beginner

Submitted by Lewis Marama

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Tolaga Bay

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands


0:50 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



Easy uphills and downhills. Track is in mostly good condition. Easy to follow markers on the farmland areas.

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Easy uphills and downhills through farmland and native bush. Easy to follow markers take you through farmland - be aware this is a working farm and treat it as such. The run basically takes you in where you want to go with no paths splitting off in different directions; just follow the markers.

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Features of interest

Take the time to check out the Hole in the Wall (Te Kotere o te Whenua) and get a photo with the picture frame, the Memorial stone commemorating Cook's visit and the information panels.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

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  • Access

    The entrance to The Cooks Cove Walkway is clearly signposted and visible from Wharf Road (which takes you to the Tolaga Bay wharf and Campgrounds.

    The parking area at the Tolaga Bay wharf is the best place to park as it's less than 100 metres from the start of the track. Usually plenty of tourist vehicles there during the day

    3 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Crossing some of the paddocks you just need to keep the markers in sight. They should be clearly visible at all times.

    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Cellphone.

    No water so take your own. Best to bring water with you. May be able to fill from Campgrounds.

    Can be quite muddy/wet in the bush areas and the downhills can be treacherous if not paying attention.

    There may be livestock in the fields. Be aware.

  • Post run indulgence

    Tolaga Bay Inn
    In Tolaga Bay itself which is about 2km up the road on State Highway 35
    Great food including a delicious paua burger, cheap, if slightly run down, accomodation, cold beer.

    Curbside Cafe
    In the Tolaga Bay wharf car park area, near the public toilets
    Hot drinks. Limited selection of food while we were there though.

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