If you are visiting Gisborne or the Eastland Region, you should see the Mahia Peninsula and the Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve Track. This track is a 2.5h loop track, which follows a small stream through a valley.
In the beginning you will reach a lookout, with a wonderful ocean view. Afterwards the track climbs down into the valley and crosses the stream a few times. Therefore, you should calculate with wet feet and bring an extra pair of dry socks.
The Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve Track is also suitable for kids. In that case you should calculate with more time for breaks. After two third of the track you will reach a clearing which is perfectly suitable for a picnic.
Sometimes the bush covered valley can be cold and stiff, therefore you should have an extra layer of clothing in your backpack.
Sometimes you can spot some cheeky roosters near the Track.
How to get there
On the southern end of Mahia Beach you will find a small gravel road. Follow this road for around 20 minutes until you see green sign of the Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve Track. There is no official car park, but enough space on the side of the street to park your car.