Mag­nif­i­cent views from Waihi Trig Walk

Walking New Zealand - - My Favourite Walk -

tree cover all the way, it’s good to do in both sum­mer and win­ter be­cause it gives pro­tec­tion from sun, wind and rain.

As you gain el­e­va­tion the veg­e­ta­tion changes from na­tive trees to pines. Pine nee­dles cover much of the track - mak­ing it lovely and soft to walk on.

At the top, 151 me­ters above sea level we burst out to mag­nif­i­cent views of the coast­line. We could see Mayor, Whale and White is­lands, Mt Maun­ganui, and Mt Edge­combe. A ‘tree trunk seat’ had been cut into a pine, and a rough wooden frame nailed be­tween trees to ‘frame’ the view, pro­vid­ing a per­fect photo set­ting.

The re­turn walk, in­clud­ing photo stops took just over an hour.

When we reached the lake again, we fol­lowed signs from the picnic spot, to Po­hutukawa Re­serve. This was a rougher trail lead­ing through a stand of na­tive bush with sev­eral enor­mous old puriri trees, which were well worth the lit­tle bit of mud to get there.

In 20 min­utes we reached the re­serve – an open area with picnic ta­bles, high above the north end of the beach.

From here steps led down to the beach and we con­tin­ued north over the head­land to Orokawa Bay. This is an in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful walk with sea views all the way. We wan­dered to the far end of the bay un­der shady po­hutukawas, and af­ter a picnic lunch by a lit­tle stream, re­turned along the white sand. It was one of those magic win­ter days.

Above left: Lunch spot at Orokawa Bay. Above right: Sit­ting on the Tree trunk seat. Above mid­dle right: A great spot to have lunch at Orokawa Bay. Mid­dle left: Derek be­side a very old puriri. Be­low left: A very old puiriri tree.

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