Motutara Recreation Reserve Walk

Walking Trail
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Whangarei

Walking:
1 hr 40 mins, easy difficulty

About the trail
3.4 km one way, return via same track.
The Motutara Recreation Reserve lies halfway between Russell and Whangārei. At the reserve you’ll find several small beaches and some good fishing and diving spots.


Dog friendly: No

Things to know

Take care, as there is limited roadside parking. Wasps and wasp nests may be present in this area. Leave gates as you find them. Northland reserve bylaws apply to Motutara Recreation Reserve.

This is an enjoyable and easy short walk across open farmland, from where you can take in lovely coastal scenery.

The first section of this track passes through private farmland and a campground before entering the reserve. Stay on the track. 

Once in the reserve, you can wander in any direction you like. Out on the headland, there are several small secluded beaches, and some good fishing and diving spots.

Getting there

The start of the Motutara Recreation Reserve is in the Whananaki village on the east coast, halfway between Russell and Whangārei (40 km northeast from Whangārei). It is signposted from Rockell Bay Road and begins at the base of the hill in the village.

Take care, as there is limited roadside parking.

Know before you go

Wasps and wasp nests may be present in this area.

Leave gates as you find them.

Northland reserve bylaws apply to Motutara Recreation Reserve.

Source: Department of Conservation (Banner image: 'Whananaki sky' by Alex Schwab / Creative Commons. Hero image: 'Whananaki, Northland, New Zealand, October 2007' by Phillip Capper / Creative Commons)