Tawharanui Backdoor
Sunday 10 November, 8.45am. Duration: 6.75 hours.
$34 - includes bus transport, picnic lunch pack.
Grade 3
Limited to 27

This is a very rare opportunity to walk the farmland that lies between the south end of Omaha Beach and the northern boundary of the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. These farms are prized by their owners and virtually never open for public access. We are privileged to be able to offer this trail in 2019 so hop on board now because there is no guarnatee we will be able to return.

We begin the trail mid-way along Takatu Rd, with beautiful views in all directions of Kawau Bay, Omaha Bay and estuary, and the outer Hauraki Gulf. We then head east towards the coast, dropping down into a lovely wetland and pasture land. We pick up a farm race and gradually make our way back uphill to the ridge that commands the heights above Omaha and Tawharanui. The views up here are truly amazing and not enjoyed often by the public.

We then make our way down the farm road to the northern end of Tawharanui Beach where we will stop for lunch and a swim (if that’s your inclination – it always is for me!). There’s time for some pics and a short wander around the rocks before we head uphill and inland to the northern entrance to the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary.

While this reserve gets a lot of visitors, this northen section is much less visited so you will get to appreciate its beauty, commanding views and beautiful regenerating bush. There’s usually lots of bird life and the possibility of running into some of the ever-so-cool takahe.

We will point out things that aren’t necessarily obvious and also give some history of the peninsula and development of the Sanctuary. In 2015 there were estimated to be approx 120 kiwi living happily at Tawharanui but as they are nocturnal it is extremely unlikely that we will see any, but you never know what might pop up.

This will be a really pleasant amble over territory you can’t expect to visit at any other time so join us for this unique trail.