Tōtara Section

Virgin Flat Road – Rahui

1  Pūwaha

2  Kawau

3  Omau

4  Tauranga

5 Ōkari

6 Tōtara

7  Rahui

8  Waitakere

9  Tauhinu










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STATUS: Planned

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Virgin Flat Road – Rahui


10 km (2-3 hours)

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100% Grade 2 – Easy

Mobile coverage: Average

Dogs – Not Permitted

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Rahui – Nile River

Tōtara - Intro
With stunning views down to the Ōkari and wonderful views of the Paparoa Ranges you will head along regenerated Podacarp forest and good stands of Manuka. Great spotted Kiwi can also be found here. You then descend off the terrace through pristine forest across the beautiful Big Tōtara River.

Descend off the terrace through pristine forest across the beautiful Big Tōtara River. Pause to enjoy the water’s restorative benefits and reflections. The Tōtara River rises near Mount Kelvin in the Paparoa Ranges, and flows northwest to reach the Tasman Sea 10 kilometres south of Cape Foulwind. The Little Tōtara River joins the Tōtara just before it reaches the Tasman Sea.

In 1869 William Bird established a track from Virgin Flat to the Big Tōtara River where he kept a ferry boat. Crossing the river, travellers from Addison’s Flat were then able to join the beach route, which followed the old Pounamu trail through to Charleston.

Māori history in the area dates back to the early 1300s, when in their search for Pounamu (Greenstone), they formed the ancient Māori Tai Poutini Pounamu Trail. The Kawatiri area became a key stopping point along the West Coast.

After crossing the Big Tōtara, the Trail joins Hands Road along the river bank and then follows along Beach Road to the southern end of the Nine Mile Beach. The unique and captivating landscape through this area also features black iron-titanium rich taipū (sand dunes)


Tōtara River
Dense Bush and Farmland views
Expansive views over Ōkari Lagoon and Nine Mile Beach
Views of the Limestone Cliffs
Big Tōtara River
Australasian Bitterns