Information for this trail was last updated May 2024

Mokotahi Hill is a landmark of the Māhia Peninsula with scenic, archaeological and historical values. It is private land held under a QEII National Trust Covenant to ensure its long-term protection. The trust opened a new, upgraded track up the hill in February 2019, which was a collaborative effort between QEII National Trust, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Hawke's Bay Regional Council and Wairoa District Council. 

The Mokotahi Hill lookout track is just a short 10 to 20-minute walk on a well-carved track offering epic views over Māhia Beach across to Opoutama and out into the northern waters of Hawke's Bay.  

Mokotahi Hill is a significant site to Ngati Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Kahungungu with a long history of occupation on the site. Various pits and terraces can still be seen on the hill, and shell middens in the track cuttings.

Tips & Logistics

Access is via a signposted car park, halfway between Māhia Beach and Taylors Bay. Note, the walk involves a steady incline for most of the ascent, but with several opportunities to rest and take in the views.