Whananaki South is only accessible over the pedestrian footbridge from Whananaki North. The only primary school in the district is located in Whananaki North. As children had to row across the sometimes dangerous tides of Otamure Bay a footbridge was built. The wooden footbridge is the longest in the Southern hemisphere. Next your journey to the abandoned remains of one of New Zealand’s largest whaling stations, finishing the day in Russell. And a highlight is a stop at a great art gallery, perhaps some more objects for the home in the interests of encouraging local artists to keep on being artists.
The footbridge walk is extraordinary as it is a single lane with a passing bay in the middle of the 1 km bridge. Take time walking and look below you into the estuary to sight stingrays and other marine life. When you pass the locals fishing just breathe in and gently squeeze past. This is a must do walking experience.
Motutara Recreation Reserve
Take a walk in Motutara Recreation Reserve and enjoy the 360 degree panorama when you reach the top. Pack a picnic and allow time for a swim or snorkel at Toki’s Beach.
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