Warren Cole and River Edge Walk and Cycleways

Bay of Plenty
All year round

Based in beautiful Whakatāne, this track is fully paved, with a flat inclination which makes for an easy and picturesque experience. There are many birds to spot along the way and you’ll be alongside the river for the whole 4.3km trail.

The Warren Cole walkway, named after the legendary NZ rower, starts at Landing Road and follows the southern bank of the river to the Whakatāne Gardens, the Skate Park and River Edge Playground. The path leads onto The Promenade, which passes the Whakatāne Visitor Information Centre, and then onto the River Edge walkway to The Heads. Across the river, a bronze statue of Wairaka stands atop the largest rock. This commemorates her courageous defiance of tradition which not only saved the Mataatua waka but gave the town and district its name.

Returning towards the town centre, along the road is Muriwai’s cave. Muriwai was an aunt of Wairaka and lived in the cave in the latter part of her life. A famed priestess, her advice was much sought after. Created by Ngāti Awa carvers Lawerence Hohua and Danny McRoberts, carved pou whenua were unveiled at the official opening of the Walkway.



For more info visit:

Warren Cole and River Edge Walk and Cycleways


7A Pouwhare Street


07 306 2030 or 0800 942 528




Flat inclination and fully paved.


There are numerous parking spaces available, including ones for campervans, at the intersection of Peace Street and McAlister Street.

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