Pataua Island Track

Track category

Short walk


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.

Please take a moment to study the signs and respect the area.

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

Track location map

Map of Pataua Island Track.

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.

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

Alerts for Northland places


Whangarei Office
Phone:      +64 9 470 3300
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