A 180 million year old Jurassic fossil forest, rare penguins and dolphins, magnificent sea lions and seals, and safe family beaches await you.
This recreation area has been developed on conservation land at the edge of the Waikawa Forest, which was last logged in the 1960s. The access roads are old saw milling roads and the picnic site was once a skid site where logs were hauled and loaded for transport.
From the picnic site there is an easy access short bush walk that is suitable for wheelchairs. It explores an excellent example of a typical Catlins coastal forest with an impressive range of tree and fern species. This is a registered Kiwi Walk.
There is also a longer, 3 hour tramping track that leads to two waterfalls: the upper Waipohatu Falls - Pouriwai Falls and the Lower Waipohatu Falls - Punehu Falls. It requires average physical fitness and can be walked return or as a loop. This track has been recently upgraded as a result of a joint effort by the local Promotions group and the Toi Tois Lions Club. Two new bridges have been put in and new directional signs added.
Note: Dog access is allowed if the dog is on a leash. Go here for more dog friendly walks and areas in Southland.
- Natural Attraction
- Free Things to Do
- Outdoor Activities
- Less than half day
- Family Friendly
- Scenic Attraction
- Walking & Tramping
- Dogs on leash