Waimahanga Walkway

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Waimahanga Walkway

A walk or bike ride for the whole family where you can experience the otherwordliness of a mangrove forest

The Waimahanga track is a loose metal, all-weather track about four kilometres long and is suitable for all age groups. The track up to George Point Road is steep.

The track is the off-shore section through the mangroves named Boswell’s Track, and provides a great opportunity to observe life in this fascinating environment.

See the rich, diverse ecology of mangrove forests that grow between sea level and the high tide line. If the tide is out, you’ll see the mangrove trees' aerial roots reaching up out of the mud. The trees' green seeds drop into the water where they are dispersed by wind and tide before the germinating seeds eventually anchor themselves into the mud.

Other native flora alongside the track include harakeke (flax), ponga (tree fern), the beautiful white plumes of toetoe (in spring) and young totara.

Birds that you may see include kotare (kingfishers) and pukeko along with silvereyes, fantails, and shags (cormorants). Fish who live within this habitat include eels, parore, mullet and mud crabs.

The Boswell Road section of the track is formed on the disused Kioreroa-Onerahi railway embankment. The line serviced the Onerahi Wharf between 1911 and 1933 and provided a link to the main port of Whangarei at that time. From George Point the trains crossed the harbour on a 300m timber truss bridge known as the “Gull Roost”. The bridge had a 10m lifting span to allow boats to pass.

View or download a map of the Waimahanga Track. Take a look at the Whangarei Central Walks brochure [2.4MB] and other Whangarei Maps and Guides.

Waimhahanga Road,
Onerahi, Whangarei, Northland

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