Local Haunts: Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve Track

As you know I am currently based in Gisborne… Back at the family home with my Mum, brother (Ben) and his lovely fiance (Jo). Said brother and his fiance are very active outdoorsy types, I’m talking surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, diving, running, walking, snow boarding, skateboarding… you know the drill. Me, well I take a bit of convincing, especially when it comes to hiking.

On Sunday we decided to make the 40 minute drive down to beautiful Mahia for a picnic and a swim at Mahanga Beach. About 10 minutes before our ETD, Ben informs me that he thought it might be nice to do a little 2 hour walk on the Mahia Peninsula. For once I was quite excited to be part of an adventurous day trip and happily added practical socks and walking shoes to my bag.

After a 7km drive (approx. and on a gravel road) from the Mahia township, we approached the entry to the walk. The track is a simple loop so after some consultation we opted to go left, an enjoyable downhill start to the walk which had me gaining confidence by the minute! The forest was immediately dense and lush and made me appreciate just how lucky we are to live in Aotearoa.

With a couple of heroic river (creek) crossings ticked off the list, it became clear that the gentle downhill leg had ended and the uphill sweat-inducing leg was imminent. The uphill leg was not quite as sheltered as the first part and it was unexpectedly steep, but not prohibitively so… I’d advise anyone finding it taxing to take it super slowly and invest in well deserved power breaks.

In total the Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve Track probably took about 80 minutes to complete. It’s a great day trip activity for people of varying fitness levels and ages and if you get as sweaty and hot as we did, there are tonnes of stunning beaches waiting to cool you down. So satisfying! Next trip we’ll head to the caves just outside of Morere before stopping in at the hot pools on our way home.

Some snaps I took during our day trip.

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