This multi-use walking, mountain biking and horse riding loop can be experienced in both directions. It provides great views of the park, the Kaipara Harbour and plentiful picnic spots. The trail passes the Pou Kaitiaki and continues along the ridgeline crossing farm paddocks before passing below Heretoka Pa (please no mountain biking on the pa). Enjoy the views before heading down the ridge past the OwekaTapu Pou that overlooks Solomon’s Bay. Follow the farm track to the woolshed and up the hill to the main car park. Buggies and prams can follow this track but be aware that there are some locked gates that these will need to be lifted over. The trail can be extended by taking the side trail to Ti Tree Point. Follow the red markers.
Oruawharo River Trail (Walking) details
What to expect
Walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.
Walking tracks will:
Have easy to moderate grades with mostly compacted and drained surfaces.
Be well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Walking tracks may:
Have steps on excessively steep areas.
Have timber boardwalks and bridges over permanent wet areas and waterways.
Have seats and maintained views at areas of interest.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.