Whakamaharatanga Walkway

Whakamaharatanga Walkway offers a walk across a slice of Hawke’s Bay countryside rich in culture and history.

It takes in rolling plains and farmland, much of which was underwater prior to the Napier earthquake of 1931. The earthquake shifted large tracts of land upwards, emptying a lagoon that previously covered the area.

The land surrounding Whakamaharatanga Walkway has also been historically important to Māori, both spiritually and for gathering food. Two prominent old pa sites can be seen, with identifiable terraces, pits and middens.

Some sections of this walkway 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.

Whakamaharatanga Walkway is closed from 1 July to 30 September for lambing season.


Whakamaharatanga Walkway is accessed from Onehunga Road in the settlement of Bay View, north of Napier city.

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, view the Explore Hawke' Bay brochure on the Department of Conservation’s website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 1 hour one way
Length: 3.5km one way
Created: 11 May 1995
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, view the Explore Hawke's Bay brochure on the Department of Conservation’s website.

Photo credit: Emily Breen