Orewa

My parents were holidaying in Orewa for the week so yesterday I went up to see them. Orewa is a small coastal town on the Hibiscus Coast, just north of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.  It is approximately 25 minutes drive north of Auckland city.

After having morning tea on the deck of the holiday home overlooking Orewa Beach we walked along the beach. The high tide was quickly approaching so some quick and careful footwork was needed to avoid getting wet feet.

Peppermint tea overlooking Orewa Beach

Peppermint tea overlooking Orewa Beach

Walking along Orewa Beach as the hide tide approaches

Walking along Orewa Beach as the hide tide approaches

Orewa Beach

Orewa Beach

From beach we crossed Hibiscus Coast Highway and picked up the track for Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway next to the Western Reserve.

Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway map

Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway map. Click here to download map

This 7.5km shared path follows the estuary along past Orewa Western Reserve to Orewa West and then comes out on Arran Drive and follows Millwater Parkway past the new Millwater subdivision, Silverdale School, Kingsway School and loops back around to the Western Reserve via a pedestrian footpath on the Hibiscus Coast Highway road bridge.

The track takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to walk or 40 minutes cycle.

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Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway

Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway

After lunch we walked back along Orewa Beach following part of the Millennium Walkway to Old North Road. The Millennium Walkway is a 2 hour oval walk around the Orewa township – the blue footprints on the footpath mark this walk.

At Old North Road we walked up to Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve. This 16 hectare forest is named after Alice Caroline Eaves whose family bequeathed the land to become a public reserve in 1960.

It will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to walk this scenic reserve.

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Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve

Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve

The Old Hollow Kauri tree, approximately 800 years old - has survived storms, lightning strike & the miller's axe.

The Old Hollow Kauri tree, approximately 800 years old – has survived storms, lightning strike & the miller’s axe.

After walking the Eaves Scenic Reserve we walked back along Orewa Beach to the holiday home.

With its sandy beach and being a perfect base to explore the rest of the Hibiscus Coast, Orewa is a great destination for a day trip or long weekend away.

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