Taiharuru Estuary Route

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Official trail notes for this section

Closest towns[edit]

Camping[edit]

Te Ara Roa Walkers Camp is a small camping site offering basic services to the Te Ara Roa walkers. Located 54 Harambee Rd between markers 370 and 371. Ph 0210 282 9102.

After a long day on the road we are pleased to offer you a nice flat area place to pitch your tent. We have fresh water, hot shower facility in our Cabin plus a double gas burner and outdoor kitchen setup. Basic composting toilet. Picnic table and clothesline plus basic amenities such as tea, coffee, sugar, pasta, rice etc and a few other luxuries. 2 single beds and a fold out double sofa in the Cabin. (first in-first serve) Rest up at night and enjoy the vivid display of the starry night sky. Listen to the Kiwi’s calling, they’re in the bush right beside you! Rate is $15 per person per night which can be deposited online into Kiwibank 38-9004-0440469-00 This camp is built for you by Louis who is 17 and has been working hard to create this camp for you. Enjoy your stay here:) www.taiharuru.com [1]

Water Supply[edit]

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Amenities (Start)[edit]

  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop - open 6 weeks in summer, Treasure Island Campground, Pataua Sth
  • Accommodation - Treasure Island Campground, Mahanga Rd, Pataua Sth Tel: +9 436-2390 Email: treasure@xtra.co.nz (not open in winter)

Amenities (End)[edit]

  • No amenities
  • Roadside parking only

Extra Info[edit]

Pataua SouthDetour to Accommodation option:

Treasure Island campground - Mahanga Rd - P: 09 436 2390 - E: treasure@xtra.co.nz - Please note: Not usually open in winter months, and the basic supply shop is only open for 6 weeks, over the peak summer period.

Accommodation accessible from Taiharuru Estuary

Tidesong B & B - Beasley Rd - P: 09 436 1959 - E: stay@tidesong.co.nz - www.tidesong.co.nz - They also can provide lunch, afternoon teas, dinghy rides across the Estuary as well as advice and transport. Camper friendly. Ros stated - "Don't worry if we are not home. The path to the cabin is well signed. You are welcome to stay." Km 370. You are welcome to camp there.

  • to get to Tidesong walk out as far into the water as possible to avoid the mud near the mangroves. Once you round the bend and head south cut into the sandy track on the inside of the mangroves. Follow that until you can exit onto a drive. Follow that onto the road and you will see the Tifesong entrance on the left at the first road bend.

For local knowledge, information on tides or water transport and pick ups, give Ros & Hugh Cole-Baker of Tidesong a call on 09 436-1959.

Potential Hazards[edit]

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Farming operations
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide
  • Deep mud between Km 366 and 368. Do not follow the GPS route. To avoid the mud after entering the estuary head straight South East to Pukemanu KM367. (The rocky point) On rounding that follow the two white markers out on the sand bank. Don't follow the mangroves or shoreline. After rounding the next point stay right out in the water well away from the mangroves. Follow the orange markers to the white cliffs on the South East side of the Estuary. If heading for Tidesong walk out as far into the water as possible to avoid the mud near the mangroves. Once you round the bend and head south cut into the sandy track on the inside of the mangroves. Follow that until you can exit onto a drive. Follow that onto the road and you will see the Tidesong entrance on the left at the first road bend.

Requirements[edit]

  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No taking plants
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • Dogs must be under control esp. around animals.