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Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve

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Brilliant walk

We did the Tauranga Loop walk, starting at the Historic Tauranga Bridge. Going to the right at the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeff M
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Auckland, New Zealand
Simply stunning the Tauranga Loop Track

We stopped off at the Tauranga Bridge to walk the Tauranga Loop Track. While the bridge is well... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
RebeccaB5212
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Tauranga Loop walk, starting at the Historic Tauranga Bridge. Going to the right at the start, the first half of the walk was incredible. We crossed the river at the halfway point and returned on the other side of the river. This...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped off at the Tauranga Bridge to walk the Tauranga Loop Track. While the bridge is well worth a visit in itself, the Loop walk was the high point for us as the landscape was just stunning. The walk takes you up one side...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RebeccaB5212
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This reserve is part way through the Waioeka gorge a lovely spot to stop and have a picnic, no shops very peaceful with native untouched bush clad hills.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank lanaohiwa
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We drove through Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve on our way from East Cape to Bay of Plenty but our drive through the Gorge coincided with the weather turning for the worst. It turned into quite a challenge with the roads flooding with parts being very...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Have been through here a couple of times over the last 12 months and thoroughly enjoyed it each time, warning to watch out for wasps at the Tauranga Bridge picnic spot.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank PeterW6963
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Although from the outside some places do look a bit run down but hidden away is a beautiful clear clean river and even an historic Tauranga bridge! Plenty of Places to stop for a picnic or even a swim - with no cell service if...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank christiec2016
Reviewed 15 January 2017

A few good places to stop on the beautiful, twisty road through the gorge. Thanks, DoC, for the very informative signage about the history of the area.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank MargrietTheron
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful drive lots of lovely places to stop and take in scenery Enjoyed this road would travel again

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Shazzgrant
Reviewed 13 December 2016

While the gorge drive is stunning in itself and takes you through cute, small towns such as Matawai the stop at 'Tauranga Bridge' is well worth it. A little walk off of the parking will get you through some native bush to the 'Tauranga Bridge'....More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Jolanda B
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Beautiful place to free camp. Heading south exit Waioeka Rd., cross the bridge, continue for .75 miles then turn right down the dirt road to a remote gravel beach. Never saw any fish in the river but got plenty of bites. Sandflies. Use repellant. Great...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank James J
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