Once an old logging road running along the top of the Whatipu coastal cliffs, Gibbons Track is now a great track for views over the Whatipu wetland. The track has a steep climb from the Whatipu end; however it is mainly flat and level from that point. There can be some muddy patches after wet weather but the track is not boggy.
For a great day out, you can link walking the Gibbons Track, Muir Track (descends to the Pararaha Valley campground), the Pararaha Valley Track and the Whatipu coastline (the Whatipu Coast walk) and back to the Whatipu carpark (take your sunscreen if you do though, there is not alot of shade on that beach).
Gibbons Track details
Park at the main carpark at the end of Whatipu Road. Cross the bridge and follow the campground fence past the information kiosk and keep walking. At the end of the campground fenceline you will cross another small bridge. Twenty metres past this the track splits; Gibbons track is the one going up hill. The track ascends to the cliff-top where it follows an old logging road with good views. The track then veers inland to the junction of Muir Track and Walker Ridge Track.
What to expect
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Tramping tracks will:
Consist of formed and drained surfaces.
Be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
Have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
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.