Access to Tawhitokino

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Walking track

Tawhitokino is only accessible by foot at low tide, or by boat. The route is relatively easy with a short, steep climb over Papanui Point. Remember to check the tides.

Access to Tawhitokino details

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Tawhitokino' (including gate opening hours)
Time: 45 minutes
Wheelchair access: No
Pram access: No

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.