Ngunguru is a small coastal settlement on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island and part of the spectacular Tutukaka Coastline, the area is famous for big game fishing and the Poor Knights Island's a beautiful dive destination.
The Ngunguru area was established through milling of the giant Kauri tree that was prolific around the area and in 1860 a bullock track was built from Ngunguru through to Whangarei to transport the valuable trees, the area also produced a large quantity of coal which was mined at the headwaters of the Ngunguru river until 1921.
Ngunguru Harbour sits right on the main highway that passes through the settlement with a beautiful sandspit protecting the inner harbour from the the East Coast Swells, the harbour is a great place for water activities during the summer months.
The Ngunguru Estuary Walkway is a fantastic short coastal walk that runs from the parking area on Te Maika Road Ngunguru and follows the estuary around the coastline to Whangaumu Bay to the East.
This walk is tidal dependent as there is no access at full tide, the best time is two hours on the receding tide or you will be getting wet, the first section is all on hard sand and follows the deep channel out to the head of the estuary.
Towards the last Chanel marker there is a rocky headland and to the left there is a walking track that heads up through the bush and at the very top is a spectacular viewing platform, with views back to Ngunguru and North to Whangaumu Bay.
The Ngunguru Estuary Walkway is rated as easy and takes around 30 minutes one way and is suitable for all the family to walk, there is wildlife like Oyster Catchers to see and rock pools to explore along the channel, only walk on the out going tide to allow plenty of time to return back to the carpark.
Ngunguru Coastal Walkway