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Cook's Cove Walkway

Easy walk north of Gisborne (2-3hrs return)

Cook's Cove, Tolaga Bay

Walk on undulating farm track to Cook’s Cove, where Captain James Cook stopped for six days in 1769 as part of his circumnavigation of New Zealand. He had good relations here with local Māori and obtained supplies of food, water and wood. With information panels, a hole-in-the-wall, and a safe cove to swim in, this walk is a good option for children.

The trailhead is near the end of Wharf Rd, at Tolaga Bay, 53km north of Gisborne on SH35. There are good views of Tolaga Bay and the historic wharf, NZ’s longest. On farmland, the track is closed for lambing from August until late October.

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Cook's Cove Walkway

Half-day hikes

Hawkes Bay & East Coast

Short Walks

Walks for Kids

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by russellstreet