#1 Along the Tairua Estuary (30 mins)
A lovely level waterfront walk starting at the Info centre and ending at the base of Paku with lots of bird-sighting opportunities on the way.
#2 To the top of paku (30 mins)
Various routes from the ocean beach or the esplanade, all ending with a very rewarding climb to panoramic views from the summit (179m), park at the car park next to the kids playground and to follow the signs to the summit and walk from there for about 10 minutes each way.
#3 Main road to the gazebo (15 mins)
A short climb with a great view.
#4 Red Bridge Road Track (30 mins)
A beautiful bush walk at the southern end of town.
#5 History Trail (2 x 45 mins)
Two loops north and south from the info centre to historic buildings and sites, each with an information panel and photo.
#6 PAUANUI/TAIRUA TRAIL (CYCLE OR WALK)
4.2km easy grade trail. This walk starts at either end of the trail. On end being Waterways Parade and the other being to Awa Whio Bridge (Duck Creek).
Dogs Must be on leads. Bikes with pedals only. No toilets
#7 Coast Walk to Flat Rock and Cave Bay (15 Mins)
An attractive, easy walk along the coast at the southern end of the ocean beach, with some boulder-hopping after Flat Rock.
# 8 Track to Summit of Mt Pauanui (3 hour loop)
Start as #7 then up the ridge for some spectacular views from the top (387m) over the coast, and town, then straight back down!
#9 Waterfall Track (15 Mins)
And easy short walk off the road leading into Pauanui.
#10 GEM OF THE BOOM Walk (10 Mins)
An easy loop from the Puketui Valley Road, on the left before crossing the Tairua River bridge, through the remains of an old goldmining settlement.
#11 Golden Hills Battery (15 Mins)
Starts by the bridge (see #10), easy walk along the south side of the river via an old tramway route.
#12 Collins Drive (3 Hour Loop)
From the road-end, the track climbs steeply (with short sidetrack to a lookout at 322m) then drops down and through an 800m long mine tunnel (torch essential despite glow-worms) and completes the loop via other old mining remains and water races.
#13 Devcich Kauri (75 Mins)
A track through attractive bush along the ridge from the summit of the Kopu-Hikuai road, then a steep drop down to the impressive tree.
#14 Twin Kauris Walk (15 Mins)
A beautiful bush loop walk just beside the main road.
#15 Sailors Grave to Otara Bay (20 Mins)
Past the grave at Te Karo Bay are some great coastal views and great bush leading to a lovely remote pohutukawa-fringed beach.
#16 Otara Bay to Lynch Stream (60 Mins)
An extension of walk #15 through coastal bush but steep in parts.
#17 Whenuakite Kauri Walk (45 Mins Loop)
A well-formed, easy access track through a fine stand of regenerating kauri forest.
#18 SH25 via Lynch Stream to Sailors Grave Track (4 Hours)
A serious tramp requiring a vehicle at each end and involving many stream crossings but well worth the effort.
#19 Hot Water Beach (15 Mins)
A pleasant stroll to the hot water sands and beyond (springs only accessible 2 hours each side of low tide). Good surf at the northern end of the beach, but take care if swimming.
#20 Cathedral Cove (45 Mins)
A very well-formed coastal walk leading to the beautiful rock formations around the cove. A perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.
#21 Te Para Pa (15 Mins)
Spectacular coastal scenery from the headland at the south end of Hahei Beach
#22 Cooks Beach to Flaxmill Bay (60 Mins)
Some great swimming opportunities and beautiful views all around this historic site from the days of Captain Cook. A 30 minute side trip up Shakespeare Bluff provides some great views.
#23 Whitianga Rock (10 Mins)
An impressive pa site which is an easy walk from ferry landing.
#24 Opoutere Beach (20 mins)
A pleasant walk through pine forest and by the estuary to a great ocean beach. If it is dotterel nesting time, please watch out for birds.
#25 Poutere Lookout (20 Mins)
Through old pohutukawa and puriri trees, then up, steeply in parts, to enjoy impressive views for this important pa site.
#26 Te Ananui Beach (15 Mins)
From Onemana Road, turn right to head south along the unsealed Peninsula Road in the forestry area (check first that access is possible). A short but steep track leads down to attractive secluded beach.
#27 Pakahakaha Lookout (20 Mins)
From the end of the Peninsula Road (refer to #26) with some excellent views from a loop track around the bush-clad hillside.
#28 Pokohino Beach (15 Mins)
From Onemana Road, turn left to head 4kms along an unsealed forestry road (check first that access is possible). A well-graded track drops down through pines to this very pretty sheltered beach.
#29 Wentworh Valley (90 Mins+)
A gentle riverside walk through beautiful bush then a steeper climb up for a fine view of the waterfall.
#30 Parakiwai Valley (90 Mins+)
A well-formed bush track following an old bush tramway route, then a steeper loop through an old gold-mining area up to impressive falls. Check out the unique rock formations to the right after crossing the bridge.