Cook's Cove in Tolaga Bay. © Mel Maafu

Wharfs and walks at Tolaga Bay

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Gisborne’s Tolaga Bay Wharf is the second-longest in New Zealand. 

While often touted as the country’s longest pier, that title is actually held by Tiwai Point wharf near Bluff – which at 1.2km, is nearly twice as long as the 660-metre wharf at Tolaga Bay.

Opening in 1929, the Tolaga Bay wharf was once a critical point for coastal trading ships visiting the Eastland region.

Today, you can walk to the end of the wharf, jutting out into the deep waters of Tolaga Bay. 

While you’re here, take a stroll on the nearby Cook's Cove Walkway. The six-kilometre track is an easy walk that takes in views over Cook's Cove and descends to the coastline where you’ll find Te-Kotere-o-te-Whenua, ‘the hole in the wall’ – an impressive natural sea archway formed in the rock.

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