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Great walks with amazing views. Beautiful beach at the end with a very clean public toilet. We even... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
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A 45 minute loop walk, but takes longer if you want to spend some time at the coves and beaches... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Matapouri, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Great walks with amazing views. Beautiful beach at the end with a very clean public toilet. We even heard kiwis amongst all the other native bird sounds. Can't wait to be back.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank amcatu
Reviewed 12 April 2018

A 45 minute loop walk, but takes longer if you want to spend some time at the coves and beaches. Panorama view of the coast line is beautiful. Some steep parts but well worth the effort. Well maintained track.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank kathym1242
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

A truly fantastic experience visiting this beautiful Bay on more than one occasion on my all to brief stay in NZ, (recommended by some hardened locals). Sitting on the beach watching the sea roll in on the white sand, a calming and life affirming realisation...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank RogerT1234
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Good loop walk from Matapouri or from the car park by the main road. You won’t need to worry as much about theft if you park down by the Matapouri beach and walk back through the houses to the summit track which you can deviate...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank michielr2014
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Some reviews talk of burglaries at the car park. It was pleasing to find some ladies set up and watching the cars all day. After a 10 min gentle walk with great views at some points along the way, we find the most spectacular beach,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Yendor64
Reviewed 20 February 2018

I have been visiting Whale Bay since childhood and everytime I go I still feel awestruck by how stunning this beach is. It is picture perfect and just absolute postcard material. The sand is white and the beach is completely surrounded by bush including lovely...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank kristabel2016
Reviewed 17 April 2017

What a scenic drive all along the Tutukaka coastline and this is one of the many bays and beaches we found back in February 2016 and much enjoyed in our two week stay locally.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank clarkebarkes1945
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We were the first ones there that morning around 10 am. It was magic! Arriving on that remote beach with the most amazing views on the 15 minute easy walk to the beach! There are even toilets and changing rooms if you want to stay...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank valerieOhio
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I discovered Whale Bay while exploring the Tutukaka coast. My main destination was Matapouri, but after enjoyng some time there I kept moving around and found another piece of Heaven! You can only reach it by feet, a plus for me. The parking place is...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank R_Zanetello
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This is a superb place to soak up some sun and cool off with a swim. It's an easy walk down to the bay but you'll want to take another dip by the time you walk back to the car park. Do not leave any...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank CraigB3825
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24 January 2018|
Response from Yendor64 |
No steps if you go straight at the fork when there are steps to the beach. The straight track takes you down a gentle slope.
Julie S
27 April 2016|
Response from Jerseybean26 | Reviewed this property |
Hi No there aren't restaurants within walking distance