Section 19 of Te Araroa– Te Arai Beach Walk, Auckland/Northland
17 km – takes 4-5 hours.
Te Arai Beach walk starts and ends on the long flat beaches of Northland. It is a beautiful relaxing section of Te Araroa with stunning beach scenery. I even discovered a “secret” beach!
Start at Pacific Rd, Mangawhai where you walk down onto Te Arai Beach. The part of the coastline backs onto forestry land which provides a natural backdrop and feeling of isolation. After about 1km there is a small stream so you may need to take your shoes off and roll those pants up! Walking south along the beach you will see Te Arai point ahead in the distance. Continue on to the end of the beach where you are likely to see a few keen kiwis surfing the waves.
The track that goes over the headland is a little bit to your right if you are looking south. But if you venture down the path to your left for a couple of minutes you will find a treasure of a secret! A tiny secluded beach framed by rock on both sides and enough sand to throw your towel down on and enjoy a special spot.
Once you’ve visited the hidden beach and trekked over the headland the path winds through a bit of bush and forest for 20-30mins before descending to the squeaky, white sands of Pakiri Beach. This a stunning, long beach where you can commonly see more horses than people. Stroll the sandy beach south for another 12km, during this time you’ll cross another small stream so you’ll need to take your shoes off again. Finally you’ll reach Pakiri River where again (yes again!) you’ll need to remove your shoes and roll those pants up so that you can carefully cross.
This river signals a natural end to this section and Pakiri Beach Holiday Park sits conveniently alongside the river. I stayed at this Holiday Park in a basic cabin. The cabin was simple but spotlessly clean and the holiday park had all the necessary facilities including a shop. After walking that far you are allowed chocolate! They also sell packets of bacon if you want to go all out and fire up the supplied BBQs.
- Pakiri Beach Holiday Park – 261 Pakiri River Rd, Wellsford Ph: 09 422 6199 http://www.pakiriholidaypark.co.nz/
- I stayed in the Basic Cabin which in May 2015 was $60.
- Don’t worry you can see the holiday park from the river. It is obvious where to go.
- Note: There are public toilets and a basic campground at Te Arai Point.
- Note: This walk has two small streams and a river that you need to cross so this section is best done at low tide.
I am planning to walk the whole of Te Araroa over the next five years or so. Please click on the below links to read about other sections I have completed. And please enter your email address in the box in the right-hand column so you’re notified of new posts.
- Te Araroa trail overview
- Section 20 – Te Hikoi O Te Kiri (Mt Tamahanga)
- Section 22 – Puhoi Track
- Section 25 – Orewa to Stillwater (blog post to come)
- Section 26 – Akarana Trail, North Shore Coastal Walk (blog post to come)
- Section 27 – Coast to Coast Walk