Tolaga Bay and its Wharf.

Sea transport's importance to East Coast communities before good roads is illustrated by the 100 metre wharf connected to the shore by a 500 metre jetty which was visited by 133 ships in 1936.

Over the years the wharf's concrete piles deteriorated as salt in the aggregate used attacked the steel reinforcing and in 1977 vehicles were banned from the wharf.

In 1999 the Tolaga Bay Save the Wharf Charitable Trust was set up to raise funds for restoration. In a major effort for a small community $5.5 million was raised. The opening of the restored wharf was celebrated in June 2012 coincident with celebrations to mark the Transit of Venus. (Captain Cook's South Seas expedition aboard the HMS Endeavour in 1769 was to observe the transit of Venus for the Royal Society. He did this in Tahiti before making landfall in New Zealand)

At the north end of the bay, over the Uawa river there is a gently shelving beach patrolled by a surf life saving club.

Maori culture is strong here; there are four marae in the Bay.

There is a camping ground at the south end near the wharf while at the north end there are three areas set aside for freedom camping.

The Ernest Reeve Walkway is at the northern end of Tolaga Bay. It is a steep stepped climb of some 200m to the lookout.

Just to the south of the wharf is the start of the Cooks Cove walkway. (see separate entry)

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