Whangapoua Beach to Opera Pt Walk

The Ruakawa Pa site on Opera Point Historic Reserve offers exceptional coastal views. There is no formed track up the headland from the beach but allow 1.5hrs-2hrs to enjoy the beaches before returning along the same route.

From the playground, shop and public toilet at Meri Te Tai Reserve, walk along the beachfront reserve at the middle of Whangapoua Beach to South End Reserve. From here walk alongside the road toward the harbour and a DOC walking track sign on a small grassy reserve (alternatively park your car here to start the walk). Follow the track through native bush and groves of nikau up to 10m tall, down stairs and across a small stream with lookout points to the clear waters of Whangapoua Harbour. Steps lead down to the white sandy beach from which you can continue walking around the headland to a hole in rock with outstanding views of the Matarangi Spit.