Case study - Onekawa Te Mawhai
Onekawa Te Mawhai
The Onekawa Te Mawhai property, on the spectacular headland
between the Ohiwa Harbour and Bryans Beach, was opened by the
Upokorehe hapu and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in 2010. The
26.8 hectare property is valued for its rich Maori cultural
history, significant archaeological features, many of which are
clearly visible in the landscape, and views to Kohi Point in
the west, across the Ohiwa Harbour, and east to towards East
The site is particularly significant to Upokorehe and is managed
jointly by Upokorehe and the Regional Council.
A walking track links the property with the bush clad Ohiwa
Domain, which is managed by the Opotiki District Council. A loop
walk via the Ohiwa spit and the beach completes the circuit. This
is a very special walk on a sunny day. The Regional Council is also
planning further enhancements of the property.
The property can be accessed on the western side from the
walking track in the Ohiwa Domain. This track leads from the car
park on Ohiwa Harbour Road. On the eastern side, access is
from the small carpark at the entrance to the property on Bryan
Road at the end of Bryan's Beach.