Omokoroa Peninsula

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Omokoroa Peninsula - Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve

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The Omokoroa Peninsula is located in the Western Bay of Plenty District, a suburb of Tauranga. It is just twenty kilometres from the city. Although the area is still small, it is quickly growing, and is already home to more than 6050 residents. With a mix of orchards and urban areas, it is both attractive and convenient. There are many amenities in Omokoroa, such as a golf course, and many locals say they live in paradise.

In 1975, Mr Gerald V Crapp of Omokoroa Beach, gifted to New Zealand an area of land that is just over two hectares. This piece of land has now become a popular walk known as the Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve.

Mr Crapp was born on the property and lived at Omokoroa Beach throughout all his life. The reserve has important associations with his family and the European settlement of the district as well as with pre-European occupation of the area.

The Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve is situated 22 km north of Tauranga on Omokoroa Peninsula, this peninsula juts into the Tauranga Harbour. Access to this reserve is via State Highway 2, along Omokoroa Road, down Myrtle Drive where the reserve is located at the end of Gellibrand Place.

The Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve provides a walk around the headland of Omokoroa Peninsula with stunningly beautiful views and scenery.

Parking near this reserve can be found on Harbour View Road, The Esplanade and at Omokoroa Domain.

Most of the reserve is located on mostly flat land sitting at the top of steep cliffs. The remainder of this historic reserve includes 7 metre high cliffs and shoreline to the mean high water mark. Developments throughout the reserve have included a significant amount of trees having been planted as well as shrubs. But most significantly, it’s the older trees planted in the 1870s that capture the minds of walkers.

To the south of the reserve, it slopes gently down towards the cliff edges, whereas at the northern end of the reserve on the head land, there is an area of raised ground which was the site of a well known Maori Pa (Wai-Huri).

The reserve has notably been classified Historic.

The Wai-Huri Pa, is an important archaeological site and has a deep trench still in existence.

The area of the Pa has a predominance of native trees – Karakas, Pohutukawas and Puriris. A few Kauri, Totara and Lacebark have also recently been planted.

In other areas of this reserve can be found a huge Moreton Bay Fig, London Plane and Holm Oak.

Unfortunately, a Eucalyptus botryoides (Southern Mahogony) was felled in 2011. This was due to rot and the tree possibly being a danger to people walking throughout the reserve. It was an awesome tree of National Interest.

Greatly, some of this interest has been harnessed in a different kind of way. The stump of this tree was then carved into a likeness of Rev Joseph Tice Gellibrant by Warwich Lilley of Rotorua. This is a superbly remarkable carving and is now thoroughly enjoyed by the locals and visitor alike.

Omokoroa Peninsula Loop Walk

This is a 9km loop walk around the peninsula.

This is obviously a longer walk than the Gerald Crapp walk. This loop walk continues from Bramley Drive and moves along Hamurana Road. From here, you are lead to a coastal walk alongside the Ōmokoroa Golf Club. Crossing the peninsula, you arrive at Cooney Reserve and the walk heads back along the waterfront to Omokoroa Domain.

Remember, this lovely coastal walk alongside the golf course is not passable when the tide is high! However, there is are alternative tracks. These are along the northern and eastern sides of the local golf course. Of course, appropriate footwear is recommended for this awesome local tidal walk.

About Omokoroa

The Omokoroa peninsula is situated in Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand. The area is home to a small peninsula which extends towards Matakana Island. Located approximately 20 kilometres northwest of the city centre, it is an idyllic location to spend the day. The locals often refer to Omokoroa as a “paradise”. The town is expected to double in size and carries the need to cater for such volumes of growth. As a result, there are big plans scheduled to improve Omokoroa.

The peninsula is needing continued improvements and such projects are currently being carried out.

People especially enjoy walking or cycling along The Esplanade, enjoying the views of the local scenery. What can be seen is Mount Maunganui, Matakana Island and the many boats travelling through the Tauranga Harbour. Especially at high tide.

Many locals head out onto the water in their boats at high tide or when the tides are right for them. This area is renown for its fishing.

It has been estimated that by the year 2050, the Ōmokoroa peninsula will be fully developed. At this time, the population is expected to be approximately home to 12,000 residents. The council Have undertaken a number of different projects. These projects include:

  • roading
  • reserves
  • cycleways
  • stormwater
  • building and planning

At a total, there are currently more than 15 Council-initiated projects. This includes private development and collaboration with tangata whenua and Pirirākau hapū. The Ministry of Educationand Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are also involved in these projects.

The total estimated cost for all projects combined is $50 million. $14 million of this money is co-funded by the Government under its Shovel Ready Infrastructure Programme.

If you’re interested in more information on current projects, visit the Western Bay of Plenty website on the Ōmokoroa Peninsula Projects’ webpage below.

westernbay.govt.nz/omokoroaprojects.

Map and Directions for Omokoroa Peninsula

Omokoroa Peninsula Image Gallery

Check out this image gallery of Omokoroa Peninsula and the local scenery throughout these awesome walks. View Mt Maunganui and more from this lovely peninsula. Simply a great place for a walk and a beautiful swim during the summer months.

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