The Waikareao Estuary Loop is one of the most popular walking tracks and urban cycle track in Tauranga. This loop track provides roughly 9km of well-marked trail. Waikareao Loop consists completely of boardwalks, bridges, gravel and sealed footpath. Along the track at different locations are a number of cycle-friendly cafés along the way. The track is multi-use and can be ridden from both directions as it makes it’s way around the Waikareao Estuary. The majority of this track sits just above the high tide line in this popular wetland environment.
This track features an impressive boardwalk that winds through the tidal wetland as it edges the estuary offering many potential encounters with the local wildlife. This includes an abundant bird life, which includes beautiful kingfishers, herons, grey ducks, pied stilts and oyster catchers. You’ll find the majority of this track rather flat with only slight undulations through a small section of the native bush areas.
The walk and cycle-way is perfect for young families and is suitable for all ages including all riding abilities. However, you wish to take note of the raised boardwalks above the mangroves. Very young children will definitely need to be supervised while riding through some sections of the track. The boardwalk sections are quite wide and provide enough room for riders from both directions to pass each other and walkers easily.
You may wish to allow roughly two hours to complete the full loop at a leisurely pace.