For an absolutely stunning view of the Mahia Bay, climb to the top of Mokotahi Hill. It’s a relatively easy 20-30 minute walk and well worth the effort.
Centuries ago Ruawharo, an important ancestor of the local tribe Rongomaiwahine, lived on the hill in a pā called Tirotiro-kauika.
It was gifted to the QEII National Trust by the local Ormond family to ensure its long-term protection.
Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve Track
Located 7km from the Mahia Beach township, this 4.5km loop track takes you through one of the best examples of semi-coastal forest on the North Island’s east coast.
Allow 2-3 hours to walk this track. There is a picnic area along the way. No dogs are allowed.
More info: Department of Conservation.