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Stony River (Hangatahua) Walkway

The Stony River (Hangatahua) Walkway offers a riverside walk in the surrounds of the Taranaki town of Okato. It begins at Hickford Place and crosses the Stony River Swingbridge to Okato Domain.

Walkers can enjoy views of Mount Taranaki and Pouakai Range from the walkway, and Stony River offers plenty of good swimming holes for those who want to cool off. The site of historic Ngaweka Pa can be seen across the river from one section of the track and the walkway is also a popular access point for anglers who fish Stony River for trout (a fishing license must be purchased before fishing).

Some sections of this track cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.


This walkway can be accessed from the Okato Domain in Okato township.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation’s website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 1 hour and 30 minutes loop
Length: 4.4km
Created: 28 June 1993
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Stony River (Hangatahua) Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.