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Meola Reef Te Tokoroa

Meola Reef Te Tokaroa

Duration: half day / 3-4hrs

Come explore with us a tidal phenomenon that only venturing off the beaten path and stretching your comfort zone will achieve. When getting on to the reef and out some distance, you suddenly feel like you are exposed in the wilderness, despite seeing the Skytower, cityscape and harbour bridge.

We start easy and through a grassy park, getting to know each other, telling some stories and warming up the body by walking. Once we reach the reef itself, we go 'off-track', into the mangroves and onto the lava flow. Navigating our way through the mangrove maze (which is a big part of the fun), we eventually break out into the open oyster fields and aim for the final stretch.

Out on the reef and in the middle of the Waitemata harbour is where one can value contrasting wonders in New Zealand’s biggest city by getting away without going away.

As Auckland’s longest lava flow (11km) from Te Kōpuke / Mt St. John volcano, you’ll experience history since 28,500-years ago and discover areas covering 14 hectares while finishing an exploration of its two kilometer long tidal tongue basalt reef in the Waitematā Harbour

Ages 8+

Meet at Meola Reef Reserve (Te Tokaroa) / Meola Dog Park / Meola Reef Toilet. See location map below.

Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or fill an enquiry here.

Duration: half day / 3-4hrs



Meet the Meola Reef SNM Team

Meet at Meola Reef Reserve (Te Tokaroa) / Meola Dog Park / Meola Reef Toilet.


Walk to, through and on the reef

Enjoy stories, history, see wildlife, birds, dogs, touch plants, take photos and see sea critters.


Back to the carpark

Finish the tour feeling impressed and educated.

The Meola Reef walk is an urban city outdoor adventure. It explores an old lava reef, only navigable during low-tide. One sees the city from a different persepctive and feels like they are in the wilderness.

It is therapeutic, insightful and empowering! Another hidden gem by SNM; an outdoor experience close to home. Learn about all kinds of flora and fauna. Get off the beaten path, away from the crowds and embrace your inner explorer.

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece/woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Gumboots
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy

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