Tapapakanga Regional Park

The Tapapakanga Regional Park Walk is a 6k easy walk that will take you around 2 hours to complete.

Tapapakanga Bay is the main highlight, it is a very sheltered bay and ideal for swimming and very good fishing. The beach is made up of more pebbles than sand. In 1990 the property was sold to the Auckland Regional Council. In 1995, the park was opened up to the public. No dogs allowed because of the farm stock. Toilets at the home site and 2.4km at the beach campsite

Length of Walk: 6.00kms
Time Needed: 2 Hours
Difficulty: Easy
Wheelchair Access: No
Route: Round Trip
Elevation: 128m
Wet Feet: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Dogs: No
Cellphone: Yes
Date last updated: February 2008
Track quality: 

Farms tracks, one section was a little slippery, and a short beach walk.

Shops/restaurants nearby: 

The nearest shops is in Kawakawa Bay, a 14 km drive

Hazards: 

At high tide you will get more than your feet wet crossing this creek.

Water: 

Yes, boil all tap water, one water tap around the back of the home site and a water tap at end of the beach walk.

Camping on track: 

Tenting at the end of the beach walk 2.4 km from the carpark. Tent sites and small motorhomes only at Tapapakanga Bay, No power. Contactparks@aucklandcouncil.gov.nz PH 09366200

Track highlights: 

Tapapakanga Bay is the main highlight, it is a very sheltered bay and ideal for swimming and very good fishing.
The beach is made up of more pebbles than sand. If you go for the walk over farmland, you will see plenty of sheep, cattle, turkeys and the odd rabbit. Mountain biking is also allowed, there is around 6.9 km of farm tracks to ride over plus a total of 14.7km of walking tracks.

Other activities include picnics, barbecues, camping, fishing and kayaking. The birds you might see are Oyster Catchers, Black Shags, White-faced Herons, Black-backed and Red-billed Gulls, Kingfishers, Paradise and Mallard ducks, Pheasants, Wood Pigeon, Fantails, Grey Warblers and Tūi. At night if you are lucky you might hear the call of the Morepork. Along the beach walk you will see a few large Pōhutukawa trees.

Area & Track History: 

In 1899 James Ashby settled on the Tapapakanga Bay, they raised 14 children in this quite beautiful bay. In 1990 the property was sold to the Auckland Regional Council. 1995, the park was opened up to the public.

Full track times: 

2 Hour walk

Tapapakanga Regional Park Map