From the opposite parking area along Anawhata Road, McElwain Lookout Track leads uphill along easy grade to a wooden lookout platform with steps (15 minutes), giving views of the upper Piha Valley and coast to Muriwai. The walk then descends easily on the opposite side to Quarry Track.
McElwain Lookout Track details
What to expect
Walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.
Walking tracks will:
Have easy to moderate grades with mostly compacted and drained surfaces.
Be well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Walking tracks may:
Have steps on excessively steep areas.
Have timber boardwalks and bridges over permanent wet areas and waterways.
Have seats and maintained views at areas of interest.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.