Sandspit is not just full of fun activities, there’s also breath taking scenery to marvel at on the several walks around the area. One of the closest bush walks is found at the back of the grounds.
There’s a road that leads up a hill past the resident donkeys up to a spectacular 200 year-old Pohutukawa tree. Take the time to walk in under it, around its old gnarled roots and appreciate the years this old native has seen.
From here, back track to the mown grassed area and follow the track through untouched New Zealand bush, full of native birds and flora.
At several points you can stop to enjoy the natural views out across Kawau Bay to Kawau Island and out beyond to the Pacific Ocean.
There are several lesser tracks which lead off up to Brick Bay but they are steeper and best for the able walker.
Keeping to the main track, you’ll find it opens out to a lovely grassed area that gently rolls down to the beach. There’s a great tree swing here where you could spend time just looking out on this world class vista.
Finally, head back along the beach to return to the holiday park. Along the way, check out the natural rock formations along the beach front which look like pools of stone, and see some of the older permanent batches perched along the water’s edge. If you don’t want to get wet, this walk is best when the tide is out.
For those who would rather stay on the flat, why not talk a stroll down to the main wharf or new local marina.
To do this, just walk out the park entrance, cross the road then head towards the boat club until you see the boardwalk, and follow it down to the main wharf.
Or, if you’re feeling energetic, visit Snells Beach on foot follow the coast line around and out of the bay at low tide. Make sure you leave plenty of time though this walk takes about one hour each way.