Otito Track

Track category

Walking track


30 min


1.2 km loop


Secluded beach along the Otito Track. Photo: Shaughan Anderson.
Secluded beach along the Otito Track

This is a stunning loop track that leads you to wonderful small and secluded, sandy beaches. Much of the track meanders through forest, where the shady canopy provides a refreshing reprieve from the sun during the height of summer, and the beaches provide great opportunities to cool off.

The Whangarei District Council currently maintains Otito Track. 

Getting there

Located 35 km north-east of Whangarei, the settlement of Matapouri boasts a picture-postcard sandy beach set in an inviting rocky coastline. The track starts at the top of the hill north of Matapouri Road. From Matapouri the track links to a Whangarei District Council track which extends to Whale Bay.


Diving and snorkelling Diving and snorkelling

Diving and snorkelling

The estuary of the Matapouri River is rich in marine life, much of it not seen elsewhere in the bay. Many of the organisms are residents while others are regular visitors that come to feed on the incoming tide. There is plenty for a careful observer armed with mask and snorkel to discover. An hour each side of high tide is the best time for exploring the Matapouri estuary.

Plan and prepare

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.


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

Kauri dieback disease is attacking kauri trees in Northland. Stop it spreading.


Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.

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

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Whangarei Office
Phone:      +64 9 470 3300
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
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