Te Henui, Huatoki walkways loop.

Te Henui, Huatoki walkways loop.

New Plymouth is famous for its Coastal Walkway, and rightly so. For those who wish to escape the crowds and the grey of river rocks and concrete, the Te Henui and Huatoki walkways make for a scenic 14km loop starting and finishing at Kawaroa Park for ease of parking. (No cost or time limit, but don’t camp there overnight!)

Starting at Kawaroa Park, the mixed-surface loop follows the Coastal Walkway before following the Te Henui Stream inland on the Te Henui Walkway. A short series of connecting roads lead to the Huatoki Walkway and back to Kawaroa Park via the wind wand.

Note: A short section of steps near Welbourn Terrace requires bikes to be lifted. For E-bikes, counterclockwise might be more user-friendly.

Points of interest include the “cheeky Dip” swimming hole and the site of Alpha flour mill, Taranaki’s first flour mill, not to mention the beautiful scenic pathways.

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Wildlife: 1/2
Scenic: 1
History / Points of Interest: 1
Quiet / Relaxed: 1
Visit again: 1
Smiles per Hour rating: 4.5

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