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Tawhitokino Day 1: Short Coast Hike + Overnight Camping

  • Feb 9, 2013 · 12:15 PM

Note: Due to small number of Day 1 campers, we have arranged own transport and will not be meeting at New World on Saturday.

We are going to Waiti Bay at the end of Kawakawa Bay Coast Road, do a short rocky coast walk westward to Raukura Point and back, then walk eastward with backpacks to Tawhitokino Campground and camp there overnight. The campground extends onto a lovely isolated pohutukawa-fringed beach beside a stream and has no vehicle access requiring a 30-40 minute walk to get there at low tide. The beach is safe for swimming. This is intended to part 1 of a weekend trip, followed by the Day 2 Hike, but can attend Day 1 separately.

Duration: 1 afternoon and 1 night
Difficulty: 2½ on our 1-5 scale. Shorter and a bit easier than average. Mostly flat although small hill climb over Papanui Point may test fitness, especially with full backpack. Coastal rocks may be a bit technically difficult for people who haven't had much experience with this before - it helps to have some agility and a good sense of balance - although there is nothing to overly concern average hikers at low tide.

Weather Update (Fri 1:30pm): Metservice forecast for Saturday is: "Fine with light winds and sea breezes. (sun symbol)". No rain is currently forecast.

Meeting Places:
- We'll meet at Waiti Bay carpark at the end of Kawakawa Bay Coast Road and gather on grass between carpark and beach.
- See Google map directions here. Note: at Kawakawa Bay shop, main road turns right towards Kaiaua & Thames, but we continue straight on coast road to Waiti Bay (this road becomes quite narrow and winding).

- Carpooling will be arranged for everyone meeting at New World on the day.
- Best if most people meet at New World first. Option to drive straight to Waiti Bay is only offered if New World is significantly our of your way (eg, if driving from south or east).
- If you want a ride or can offer a ride from another location, you can mention this in your RSVP comment, then contact each other to arrange this.
- Carpool passengers from New World are expected to give $10 to driver.

Time Guideline:
- 13:15 - Arrive Waiti Bay if driving straight there
- 13:30 - All at Waiti Bay by now
- 13:45 - Start Raukura Point hike
- 15:15 - Approx start hike to campground
- 15:45 - Approx arrive at campground, set up camp

- Online NZ Topo map of Tawhitokino coast

- We will camp at Tawhitokino Campground in Tawharanui Regional Park.
- Facilities are basic with long drop toilets, a new shelter with rain water tank, and not much else.
- Each camper will need to bring/arrange own tent.
- Campground is limited to 20 people. Can check Availability Calendar here.
- Cost is $6/person.

- Need to book in advance. Can phone[masked] to book and pay by credit card, or visit Auckland Council office to pay by other methods.

Short Raukura Point Coast Walk
- Starting from Waiti Bay carpark, walk down to beach and turn left.
- Walk westward along sand and pebble beach then on rough coastal rocks until reach Raukura Point.
- Raukura Point is a prominent rocky outcrop with views of the Tawhitokino coastline as far as Orere Point in one direction and Kawakawa Bay in the other direction.
- Can explore this point then return to Waiti Bay same way or on the road.

Short Hike to Campground:
- Starting from Waiti Bay carpark, walk down to beach and turn right.
- Walk eastward along sand/pebble beach short distance then short rocky coast section.
- Continue walking on sandy Tuturau Bay and look for Tawhitokino Track sign at stream near far end of the bay.
- Follow track up and over Papanui Point, mainly through forest, then down the other side to Tawhitokino Beach.
- Walk along beach about ¾ of the way to campground just before 2nd stream.

Other Hike Options:
- Explore rocks around Papanui Point, possibly on way to campground.
- Explore up stream and inland areas of park near campground if possible.

- food and drink for duration of stay
- clothing suitable for hot summer day and potentially cooler night
- footwear suitable for beach and rocky coast walking
- sun and rain protection
- towel and swimming gear
- tent
- sleeping bag and other sleeping gear
- toiletries
- torch
- insect repellent
- portable cooker (if want cooked food)
- first-aid items
- anything to keep you entertained while not hiking
- cash ($10 if carpool passenger, plus optional extra for refreshments)

(1) This meetup is only for people intending to camp overnight.
(2) We have previously camped at Tawhitokino and hiked to Raukura Point on
21 Jan 2012 and 4 Dec 2010. This time we'll look to include some exploring near the campground we haven't done before.
(3) Normally, open fires are allowed at Tawhitokino. However, a total fire ban currently in place for Auckland means we probably aren't allowed to light a campfire there this time.
(4) 12:30am is the latest time to arrive at New World, and 1:30pm is the latest time to arrive at Kawakawa Bay if driving straight there. We'll aim to leave New World and start hike exactly on time and are uinlikely to wait for late people. Arriving early is good :-)
(5) It is safer and generally more fun to hike together as a group. We aim to do this with stops at track junctions and other key points on coast for group to regather. However, there's no guarantee this will happen so prepare for this hike as best you can (study maps, etc) in case you become separated.
(6) We'll walk at a casual moderate pace that is comfortable for most people in the group with stops at places of interest along way.
(7) Low tide on Saturday is 12:58pm; high tide is 7:18pm. Rocky sections between Waiti Bay and Tawhotokino Campground start to become difficult about 2½ hours either side of high tide. Best to start walk to campground before 4:30pm (5pm may be too late).

- If you are interested to attend, it will help if you: read all the details in this description carefully; RSVP online soon; and update your RSVP later if you decide not to attend or anything you specified is no longer accurate, thanks :-)
- There are several RSVP questions about certainty of attending, meeting places, transport, camping, and Day 2. Answering these will help with planning (only Organizers can see answers to these).

Are you interested to attend? :-)

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  • Garry

    What a great weekend with Christian,Fion and Stephen,bonus was seeing the milkyway so clearly and we got the Commitment record.
    Thanks for orgasing Stephen.

    February 14, 2013

  • Fion


    February 11, 2013

  • Stephen

    I have just added a few more details to the description (mainly Notes). Fine and sunny weather with light winds and sea breezes is forecast for the whole weekend. Note, if the camping group remains small, we may arrange carpooling privately and not meet at New World.

    February 8, 2013

  • Mike B.

    I am committed to work this weekend can't get out of it. I am envious, one of these days I will make. These trips do come up very quickly and doesn't give you time to plan.

    February 7, 2013

  • Stephen

    Campground is limited to 20 people max, and need to book and pay in advance to camp there. A short while ago, 16 spaces were still available.

    February 6, 2013

  • Stephen

    I have booked a campground space. Planning to attend Day 2 too.

    February 5, 2013

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