Pohutukawa Glade Walk

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Easy access short walk

Pohutukawa Glade Walk is not so much a walking track as an experience. This trail provides access to the southern end of Karekare beach; however, it is the path beneath the majestic spreading Pohutakawa branches that is the attraction. Not only do the pohutukawa provide shade and shelter from the wind and sun, they seem to exude a feeling of calmness making the glade a popular spot for relationship ceremonies. The real treasure here is a hidden grassy picnic spot complete with toilet and tables located beside the start of the Zion Hill Track.

Pohutukawa Glade Walk details

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Karekare' (including gate opening hours)
Distance: 0.5 km
Time: 9 minutes
Wheelchair access: Yes. Access as far as the picnic area is via hard packed natural surface. Beyond this point wheelchair access will be difficult and is not recommended.
Pram access: Yes. The ground is level and flat until just past the picnic area. Crossing the dunes to continue to the beach will be hard going with a pram due to the soft loose sand.


The walk leaves Lone Kauri Road across the bridge adjacent to the Karekare parking area. It then passes through the grassy picnic areas along level sandy track and out over dunes at the south end of Karekare Beach. You may get wet feet from surface water after heavy rain.

What to expect

Easy access short walks are suitable for everyone, including assisted wheelchair users, mountain buggies, and young families. All easy access short walks are part of the path classification of tracks and are suitable for people of most ages, mobility and fitness.

Easy access short walks will:
  • Have mostly level grades with all-weather surfaces consisting of seal, concrete, well compacted gravel or similar.
  • Have a high level of signage with directional signs at the track entrance and all junctions.
  • Have all water courses culverted or bridged, and there will be no steps.
Easy access short walks may:
  • Have seats and viewing platforms 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.


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