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Plan & prepare

You can access Waikaraka Reserve directly from the small Council reserve off the Whangarei Heads Road at Waikaraka.

Motukaroro Reserve is located at Reotahi. Turn onto Reotahi Road (at the southern end of McLeod Bay, Whangarei Heads). Continue down Reotahi Road onto Beach Road. The car park is at the end of Beach Road, where you can walk down to the reserve.

There are boat launching ramps at Onerahi, Parua Bay, Tamaterau, Reotahi, Urquhart Bay and across the harbour at Marsden Point, Marsden Bay and One Tree Point.


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DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Walking track categories


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Northland places

Tips for driving on unsealed roads


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