Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mana Bay- Patea river and beach

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Kerry Bennett

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 42 ?






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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly





Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.0%


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Starting at the toilets run East down SH3 past the Dairy on the right and turn left onto York street just before you reach Patea river. York street ends in the start of the Patea river walkway. This is a partly single track/4WDish track along the river and is partly sandy and grass.

There are information signs about the ruins of a cheese factory, meat works, woolsheds, Marae, and Redoubts along the pathway. Follow this pathway for about 1.5km until you reach the mouth of the river where you come to Mana Bay.

Carry on down onto the beach to the right and follow the beach as far as you can go. At the start of the beach near the river mouth is the wreck of the SS Waitangi that was wreaked on 5th May 2023 after damage sustained while crossing the river bar. She is sometimes covered by sand and sometimes visible.

At low tide the run along the hard sand beach will be about 2km from Mana Bay. Return along the beach with great views of the Waipipi Windfarm.

When you get back to Mana bay turn left and climb the sand dune tracks to the top of the hill for panoramic views of the windfarm, river, and coastline. Continue North along the hills until you have to exit onto Egmont Street.

This goes alongside the Patea Golf course and is a pleasant 2km road run back up to the toilets.

Abandon woolsheds, docks, shipwreck. Wind farm.

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Plenty of parking on the streets around the public toilets.

98 km

80 minutes




After left turn up hills on Mana Bay - just follow the 4WD track to the left until the final car park lookout point. Here is your exit right to Egmont Street.


Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Water available at Mana Bay toilets and barbecue area.

Wind on beach can be troublesome. Best in good weather unless you love windswept beaches.

Go at low tide for best experience

Cafe Fika
56 Egmont Street Patea

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