Natural Attraction

Bluecliffs Beach/Rarakau

Bluecliffs Beach Road, Papatotara

Bluecliffs Beach (Rarakau) is a long coastal stretch at the western end of the massive Te Waewae Bay, near the mouth of the Waiau River. This sandy beach is mostly undeveloped and there are endless opportunities for swimming, surfing, beachcombing and hiking in wild, windswept surroundings.

The bay is designated a marine mammal sanctuary, so sightings of dolphins and whales are plentiful, and it is also the staring point for the South Coast and Hump Ridge Tracks.

You’re bound to get caught up in the beauty and solitude of this beach, so be aware of the tide - as it can come right up to the cliffs!

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Last modified
Tue 26 Jun 2018
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