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Whananaki Coastal Track, Northland

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Whananaki Coastal TrackBeginner

Submitted by Chris Taylor

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Trail Information







Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest


2:00 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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Feb 2021: Access to Bougainville Memorial is now only possible from the beach. Landowner has removed access and signs at the stile now are changed to "Private No Access".

Starting from McAuslin Road, jump over the stile and follow the track. The track goes over private land so please stick to the gravel road / farm track and leave gates as you find them. Follow this track for about 4.3 kms when you reach another stile where the track forks. Turn right and follow signposts to the Bougainville Memorial.

From the Bougainville Memorial, provided the tide is not too high, you can head down the hill towards the white sands of the beach, hopping over some rocks. Head north along the beach to the point where you can pick the track back up (where Pukekawa Road meets the beach). From that point, start heading back south along the track. However, if the tide is too high, from the Bougainville Memorial retrace your steps back to the stile mentioned earlier and take the other track to the point that Pukekawa Road meets the beach in order to access the beach at the north of this run and return the same way.

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Features of interest

Great views of the coast with a couple of opportunities to access the coast and go for a cooling swim.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 40%

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  • Access

    Trail head at McAuslin Road near Sandy Bay. Travelling from Whangarei (for slightly longer but more scenic route) take Ngunguru Road and follow all the way to the coast. This road turns into Matapouri Road just past Ngunguru. Continue on Matapouri Road all the way through to Sandy Bay and look for McAuslin Road on right just as Matapouri Road heads inland away from the coast.

    Some parking at trail head. Otherwise park in Sandy Bay beach carpark and can include the McAuslin Road as part of the run.

    24 km

    29 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Hard to go wrong. Follow the track / road and orange markers.


    First aid kit, Cellphone.

    Take your own


    Livestock in paddocks - treat with respect.

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