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Ahuriri boardwalk flying bird sculptures, Napier, Hawke's Bay Ahuriri boardwalk flying bird sculptures, Napier, Hawke's Bay

Ahuriri estuary walking track Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track is going to get the taste buds working with a leisurely flat stroll at dusk to check out the local birdlife. Wading birds include shags, kingfishers, grey herons, royal spoonbills and pied stilts, estuary dwellers and the life between the water and land is on full view. Your walk follows the footsteps of people over hundreds of years harvesting the bounty of the sea and land. Up until 1931 earthquake the area was a large tidal inlet which was immediately raised 2.7 metres above sea level draining 5510 acres of the lagoon.

Original wharf structures are high above the waterline – a measure of the severity of the 1931 earthquake. A boardwalk bridge leads onto the flats adjoining the tidal inlet where carved pou pou (or potokowa) posts stand guard over the estuary.

NOTE: spring tides can flood parts of the boardwalk. Signposts will guide you if this is the case. Pandora for track details from Napier City Council.


From hotel to start of the walk.

East Pier Hotel to Ahuriri walkway.

Start on Humber St car park, off Pandora Road. Popular with swimmers and windsurfers, Pandora Pond, the beach to the right, is also a launching point for kayaks and waka.

Length: 2.8 km one way
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Grade: Flat boardwalk

DETOUR: Cycle your way through the weekend

Takaro Trails, Day Tours operate self-guided cycle tours, mountain biking packages and bike hire from their Ahuriri base. Tours range in duration from a few hours to several days. Arrange with Takaro Trails to deposit e-bikes or manual bikes at the East Pier hotel for your weekend use.

Takaro allows visitors to explore the Hawke’s Bay Trails at your own pace. Choose from the following self-guided day tours along our easy, flat cycle pathways to world class wineries or just ride to relax and enjoy the amazing Hawke’s Bay outdoors. Takaro organises everything you need for you – book a pick-up from your accommodation so you can go a bit further in your day.

DINNER is your treat for the weekend, or perhaps the first of many culinary delights. Three Doors Up – Licensed Bistro.

Atmospheric with cosy club chairs inviting quiet conversations, encouraging the diners to linger over the menu and to relax into their weekend in Napier.

“Step into a little piece of Europe in the midst of Ahuriri, Napier. Established in January 2008, Anj and her team are proud to celebrate their 12th year in business. Together with Head Chef, Catherine Boyes and 2nd Chef Courtney Booth, we boast almost 60 years in hospitality. We offer honest, wholesome food made with the freshest of local ingredients.”

@Three doors up
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