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Pataua Island Track is a short access track that skirts the Pataua Estuary and leads you to a lovely beach.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback

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    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
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About this track


Beach at Pataua.
Beach at Pataua

This is just a short access track that takes you to a lovely beach, and skirts the Pataua estuary.

The track is almost flat and easy, but there is no wheelchair access.

Pataua is a very popular beach that offers safe swimming in the estuary and the ocean side.

Getting there

The Pataua South community is a 45-minute drive east of Whangarei. Pataua South road is off the Whangarei Heads Road. The car park is located down Mahanga Road.

Know before you go

Study the signs and respect the area. 


Whangarei Office
Phone:      +64 9 470 3300
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