Walking & Tramping

Old Coach Road & Tahakopa Bay Loop Track

Tahakopa River Bridge, Papatowai Highway, Papatowai

The start of this 40 minute return walk is at the north end of the Tahakopa River bridge on the Southern Scenic Route. Horse and coach teams once forded the river below the present bridge and you will follow the same route to the beach. The silver beech trees in this forest are the southern-most stand of this species. Near the mouth of the river, where the totara are growing, is the site of early Maori occupation and this area has been the centre of much archaeological interest in the past. To extend this walk you can continue along the beach and re-enter the bush to follow the Tahakopa Bay Loop Track back to the car park. This creates a 3 hour return journey. Alternatively, follow the beach to the end and rejoin the Old Coach Road once more. Climb the hill to Purakauiti, and eventually join the Puaho Road which descends to the Maclennan River not far from the estuary. This would be a day walk.

Please Note: This track requires medium fitness and is three hours return.

Last modified
Mon 25 Nov 2019
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