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Wairoa River WalkwayTe Araroa o Te Wairoa

The Wairoa Township River Walkway winds along the banks of the river from the historic lighthouse in the CBD, passing the famous lookout point on Pilot's Hill, finishing at Whakamahia Beach. In the few years since the walkway was started, it has become a mainstay in the recreational activities of both residents and visitors alike.

The Riverside Walkway leading from the Wairoa lighthouse to Whakamahia beach is 7.7kms long. If you walk this, it will take you about 1.5 hours, if you bike it, it will take you about 30 mins one way.

The Wairoa area, especially along the river and coastline, was densely populated before settlers arrived and has a rich Māori history. Many of the sites noted along the walkway are recorded with historic plaques. If you would like additional information we recommend you visit the Wairoa Museum.

We hope you enjoy your walk or bike ride along the Wairoa river to Whakamahia beach!

Visit the Tourism Wairoa website to find out more about the Wairoa River Walkway and the historic sites along the walkway.

Visit Wairoa Tourism website


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309
97-103 Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160


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