Hatea Loop ( Huarahi o te Whai)

Whangarei Town Basin
Whangarei, Northland
A 4.2km track winds around the Whangarei’s inner harbour on a multi-use path, crossing new bridges which contribute to Whangarei's claim to be a city of bridges.

One, known as Te Matau a Pohe, is a fishhook-shaped bascule that lifts for boats to pass. It is named after the fishhook of Pohe, a fisherman who once lived on the island.

A smaller bridge Kotuitui Whiti, meaning ‘to interweave and connect with the land,’ is a swivel bridge that opens like a gate and has a distinctively different design. It invokes its piles as
the ko, a Maori digging stick, the stainless steel woven-mesh sides (a net), and the weaving patterns of the kete (food bag) are reflected in the deck.

A number of sculptures enliven the route.


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