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Pohutukawa fringed beaches and golden sand. Bay of Plenty's coastal environment is beautiful.
The headland has several important Maori pa sites, as it was much sought after as a living area in early times. Te Kura a Maiapa site is on the southern headland.
How to get there
The Bowentown Domain is 10km north ofKatikati. Take Athenree Rd, off State Highway 2, and then Seaforth Rd. The Domain is at the end of this road.
Attractions and Facilities
Turning right at the track junction leads to the summit, this has panoramic views. Other walking tracks include a 1hr return walk from the Headland carpark to the Te Ho Pa site, a shorter walk to the Te Kura a Maia Pa site, and a track that drops down from the carpark to Cave Bay, a lovely small beach looking out on the harbour entrance. Camping is available at the Bowentown Motor Camp. Picnic spots are plentiful. There is safe swimming at Anzac Bay and Shelly Bay. Toilets are at Anzac Bay and on the eastern side of the domain. Popular fishing spot (turn left at where the above tracks meet).
Dogs are not allowed in the domain without a permit. Motorbikes, mountain bikes and horses are not permitted on walking tracks. No lighting of fires.
Tauranga City Walks
The coastal city of Tauranga has park, estuary and foreshore walks that offer a varied range of views and activities for users of all ages.
How to get there
Maxwells Road and Harbour Drive give access to the Otumoetai Foreshore Walks. The Estuary Walk has numerous entry and exit points. The Yatton Park Walk is best started at the Fraser Street entrance.
Atractions and Facilities
Unique boardwalks through the mangrove tidal zone allow walkers to observe the flora and fauna.Open grassed areas provide picnic spots. Cycling is permitted, but not motorcycling. Fires are not permitted.
Otumoetai Foreshore Walks
(Easy walking. Maxwells Road Reserve to Kulim Park 15min; Kulim Park to Beach Road Reserve 10min; Beach Road Reserve to Fergusson Park 15min).Grassed margins link the parks. The walk offers views across Tauranga Harbour to Mount Maunganui, the harbour entrance and Matakana Island. The parks have picnic areas, car parking and public toilets. Kulim Park and Fergusson Park have playgrounds, and Fergusson Park has a boat ramp.
Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve
The reserve contains walking tracks and many recreational and cultural sites, including those at Tarawera Landing, The Orchard, Humphries Bay and Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach: Natural hot springs under the sand provide a relaxing, warm swim. Hot Water Beach, on the northern arm of Lake Tarawera, is accessible by boat. Caution: Localised patches of sand are very hot. The track runs between the Waterfall Road carpark and the Outlet swing bridge. From the viewing area at the base of the Falls the track zig-zags up a steep escarpment towards the Outlet. They include a beautiful spot beside the Tarawera River, 100m back along Water fall Road from the carpark