Te Paki Coastal Track Tapotupotu Campground to Pandora in Cape Reinga


Trails: Tapotupotu Campground – Te Paki Coastal Track or Cape Reinga Coastal Walkway on some maps – Pandora Camp – Pandora Bay and beach – back to Tapotupotu Campground via old Cape Reinga Coastal Walkway or Pandora Track – Pandora Track – Unknown name track – Te Paki Coastal Track – Tapotupotu Campground.

Caution!!! Always keep on new orange marked Te Paki Coastal Track! DO NOT follow our loop! The last unknown name track (even shown up on some maps) is actually NOT there a track (was a farm road or track before I think). We got stuck in dense thorns for hours! Run out of water and exhausted from fighting the thorns! Scared to death!

Car Park: Yes. Tapotupotu Bay Camping Area. It’s about 112 km 1 h 35 min drive from Kaitaia.
Public Toilet: Yes.
Weather: Check Weather before you go!

For better map display, click the buttons (Full Screen, Hide/Show Photos and Back to Center) in the top right corner of the map to study the tracks we took or any other tracks.

Total distance: 20.99 km
Total climbing: 1349 m
Average speed: 4.65 km/h
Total Time: 07:39:19

Total flat distance: 20.7 km, Climbing distance: 7.2 km, Descent distance: 7.4 km, Flat distance: 6.3 km, Maximum difference: 272 m, Final balance: 0 m.

Difficulty Rating: 4.1 – H
The “Total Time” is my time in Jan which includes breaks and lunch time. That day was fine and the Te Paki track was good. BUT the last few kms of our loop on an unknown name track was horrible dangerous experienced!

Te Paki Coastal Track Tapotupotu Campground to Pandora in Cape Reinga

Te Paki Coastal Track Tapotupotu Campground to Pandora in Cape Reinga

Te Paki Coastal Track Tapotupotu Campground to Pandora in Cape Reinga

Caution!!! Always keep on new orange marked Te Paki Coastal Track! DO NOT follow our loop! The last unknown name track (even shown up on some maps) is actually NOT there a track (was a farm road or track before I think). We got stuck in dense thorns for hours! Run out of water and exhausted from fighting the thorns! Scared to death!

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