Tolaga Bay (I6)

Tolaga Bay wharf and Cook’s Walkway to Hole in the Rock and Cook’s Cove.  Kayak around Pourewa Island. East Cape New Zealand.

GPS: -38.380133 178.321082

Close-up map inset of Tolaga Bay's wharf area and Cook's Walkway.

Close-up map inset of Tolaga Bay’s wharf area and Cook’s Walkway.

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Tolaga Bay overview

Tolaga Bay overview

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The Tolaga Bay wharf, as seen from the photographer's spot that now is fenced off.

The Tolaga Bay wharf, as seen from the photographer’s spot that now is fenced off.

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The Tolaga Wharf, as seen from the beach.

The Tolaga Wharf, as seen from the beach.

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Tolaga Bay campground

Tolaga Bay campground

Tolaga Bay campground.

Tolaga Bay campground.

The Tatarahake Viewpoint track is located at the far north end of Tolaga Bay Beach, past the freedom campground and cemetery.  It’s a great short track to a view platform perched on the ridgetop overlooking all of Tolaga Bay.

Tatarahake Cliffs trailhead sign

Tatarahake Cliffs trailhead sign

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Tatarahake Cliffs view platform

Tatarahake Cliffs view platform

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View of Tolaga bay from Tatarahake Cliffs

View of Tolaga bay from Tatarahake Cliffs

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Next up is the spectacular Cooks Cove walkway track…with a little bonus ridgetop loop that I like to do past the typical track-end at Cooks Cove.

Tolaga Bay--Cook's Cove track overview

Tolaga Bay–Cook’s Cove track overview

Cook's Cove extra loop overview

Cook’s Cove extra loop overview

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Tolaga Bay and campground from Cooks Cove track.

Tolaga Bay and campground from Cooks Cove track.

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ALL of Tolaga Wharf from high point of Cooks Cove track.

ALL of Tolaga Wharf from high point of Cooks Cove track.

Looking straight down the cliffs

Looking straight down the cliffs

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View platform and signage along track.

View platform and signage along track.

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The famous Hole-in-the-Rock on the Cook's Walkway at Tolaga Bay.

The famous Hole-in-the-Rock on the Cook’s Walkway at Tolaga Bay.

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Sunshine on Hole in the Rock

Sunshine on Hole in the Rock

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Cook's Cove extra loop overview

Cook’s Cove extra loop overview

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South end of Pourewa Island.

South end of Pourewa Island.

Emerald channel between island and ridge.

Emerald channel between island and ridge.

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The ridge farm track above Cooks Cove.

The ridge farm track above Cooks Cove.

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North Pourewa Island and Mitre Rocks.

North Pourewa Island and Mitre Rocks.

Close-up of Mitre Rocks

Close-up of Mitre Rocks

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And finally, pix from a kayak tour under the Tolaga wharf then around Pourewa Island.

Tolaga Bay Pourewa Island paddle route overview

Tolaga Bay Pourewa Island paddle route overview

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Paddling under the rusted and crumbling pillars of the Tolaga Wharf, before the recent cement upgrades.

Paddling under the rusted and crumbling pillars of the Tolaga Wharf, before the recent cement upgrades.

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Paddling a hire kayak from the Tolaga campground out to the Mitre Rocks Islands.

Paddling a hire kayak from the Tolaga campground out to the Mitre Rocks Islands.

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This paddle-thrru arch is at the southern tip of Pourewa Island.

This paddle-thrru arch is at the southern tip of Pourewa Island.

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Rock archways on the far side of Pourewa Island, Tolaga Bay.

Rock archways on the far side of Pourewa Island, Tolaga Bay.

Rock archways on the far side of Pourewa Island, Tolaga Bay.

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One Response to “Tolaga Bay (I6)”

  1. Celeste Reinking Says:

    Tolaga Bay is indeed very beautiful, and we planned to do the kayaking, but unfortunately the campground only rents kayaks to people staying in the campground.

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