Wander through and experience an otherwordly mangrove habitat.
The Waimahanga walkway is a metalled, all-weather path, about four kilometres long and is suitable for all age groups – a great walk for the family! The track up to George Point Road is steep.
The walkway is the off-shore section through the mangroves named Boswell’s Track, and provides a great opportunity to observe life in this fascinating environment.
The track is also suitable for biking.
FLORA, FAUNA AND HABITAT
A highlight of this walk is to see the rich, diverse ecology of mangrove forests that grow between sea level and the high tide line. If the tide is out, you’ll be able to see their aerial roots reaching up out of the mud.
See also the mangrove’s lime green floating seeds which drop into the water where they are dispersed by wind and tide before the germinating seeds eventually anchor themselves into the mud.
Other flora you will see include harakeke (flax), ponga (tree ferns), the beautiful white plumes of the toetoe (in spring) and young totara.
Birds that you may see kingﬁshers and pükeko along with silvereyes, fantails, and shags. Fish that live in this habitat include eels, parore, mullet and mud crabs.
The Boswell Road section of the track is formed on the disused Kioreroa-Onerahi railway embankment. The line serviced the Onerahi Wharf between 1911 and 1933, providing a link to the main port of Whangarei at that time. From George Point the trains crossed the harbour on a 300m timber truss bridge known as the “Gull Roost”. The bridge had a 10m lifting span to allow boats to pass.
DOWNLOAD A MAP
Download a map of the Waimahanga Walkway here.