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Tuapiro Point

365-367 Tuapiro Rd, Katikati

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Tuapiro Point is a small, sandy spit in the Tauranga Harbour, across a channel from Tanners Point. A small pine plantation at the end of the spit has walking tracks through it, and horses can be ridden around the perimeter of the spit by the plantation. Recent developments have included a larger carpark and toilets next to the plantation. Some of the parking area is available for freedom campers.

The tracks through the plantation are short, and all level. A longer walk can be achieved by walking along the grass reserve on the waterfront.
Some years ago the Western Bay of Plenty District Council published a small booklet, Walking Tracks of the Western Bay, which included a number of short walks such as the one at Tuapiro Point. The booklet is apparently no longer published or updated, but a downloadable pdf version of the latest issue, taken from a resident’s guide, should be available. Currently it’s from 2014 and can be found on the WBOPDC web site by searching for walking tracks. One of the results should have the name of the booklet as the heading.

The booklet has not been updated since the new road and parking area were constructed, so the walk described there is mostly along the grass reserve on the waterfront.

The walk through the pine plantation to the end of the spit, and along the waterfront back to the parking area was about 2.8 km and took about 45 minutes. However it would be possible to walk through the plantation without walking along the grass reserve, cutting the length to less than 2 km and the time to about 30 minutes.

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365-367 Tuapiro Rd, Katikati

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