Te Karo Bay to Otara Bay Walk

A 6km drive north of Tairua, Te Karo Bay is a magical spot with a fresh water estuary, ocean beach, Pohutukawa trees for shade and the neighbouring isolated Otara Bay which can only be accessed by foot.

From the Te Karo Bay (Sailors Grave) beach car park, cross the estuary and walk north toward the headland. The historic sailors grave is signposted and just a few metres into the bush. Alternatively, park at the bottom car park at end of road into Te Karo Bay and follow the track to the beach to avoid crossing the stream. From the beach you will need to walk another 100m to the start of the Otara Bay track over the headland. There is a basic toilet at the Sailors Grave carpark and a couple of beautiful locally-carved wooden picnic tables under shade. Allow 45 mins for the return walk to Otara Bay.