Whatipu Coast Walk

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Short walk

A walk that is as long as you want to make it and offers a landscape that would inspire the inner poet in all. One of the best beach walks anywhere, following the high tide mark will lead you around the edge of the Whatipu Scientific Nature Reserve which is a mass of wetland, coastal dunes and inspiring landscape. Take a camera and some binoculars as there are impressive photo opportunities including a variety of birdlife.

Just remember to take water and sunscreen as there is not alot of shade from the sun. Note: Swimming is not reccommended on this coastline due to strong currents and unpredictable waves. If you are wanting a great day trip, head out early to catch the muted colours of the morning, follow the coast up to the Pararaha and then head inland along the Pararaha Valley Track.

At the campground take the Muir Track uphill (it's a bit steep in places so be careful) then follow Gibbons Track back along the cliff tops to return to the Whatipu carpark.

Whatipu Coast Walk details

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Whatipu' (including gate opening hours)
Wheelchair access: No
Pram access: No


From the carpark, head south across the beach along the beach access track. Follow the high tide line up the beach until you get tired and then retrace your footsteps.

What to expect

Short walks are suitable for most people including families with young children and some mountain buggies; however, please check the individual track descriptions for detail. All short walks are part of the path classification of tracks and are suitable for people of most ages, mobility and fitness.

Short walks will:
  • Have easy to moderate grades with all weather track surfaces.
  • Have a high level of signage with directional signs at the track entrance and all junctions.
  • Have permanent water courses culverted or bridged.
Short walks may:
  • Have seats and viewing platforms at areas of interest.
  • Have limited numbers of steps or areas of broken surface.


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.


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