The Whananaki Coastal walkway is open but caution needed.The Capitaine Bouganville Memorial walkway is open, after being assessed for damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Enjoy fantastic coastal scenery on this six hour return walk between the picturesque seaside village of Whananaki and Sandy Bay on the Tutukākā Coast.
Walk across the longest footbridge in the Southern Hemisphere, visit a monument to the Capitaine Bougainville shipping tragedy, and take in views out to the Poor Knights Islands and rolling farmland.
Whananaki North, at the reserve on Whananaki North Rd, just past the Whananaki Beach Store.
Whananaki South, at the end of Pukekawa Road.
Sandy Bay, on McAuslin Road.
Time: 3 hours (one-way)
Distance: 5.85 km
From the Sandy Bay end, the walk follows an easy grade metal track for the first 3.5 km, then it becomes a grass surface.
From Whananaki North, cross the footbridge and continue down Whananaki South Rd, turning left onto Te Ara o Tunua Road, then right onto Pukekawa Road before heading south parallel to the beach.
About 2 kms from the Whananaki end of the track is a monument in memory of the 16 people who lost their lives when the freighter Capitaine Bougainville caught fire and sank off this coast in September 1975.
It was carrying meat and dairy products to Sydney and had 29 crew and 8 passengers. As lifeboats capsized, 16 people died in the mountainous waves and cold. The survivors came ashore at Whananaki and the monument remembers those who were lost.
The memorial is accessible at low tide only via a short signposted detour to the main track. Walk to the end of the north point of Oruaea Bay, then follow a steep path up to the monument.
81-89 Te Araroa Trail, Whananaki South Road, Hikurangi 0181 View Map
81-89 Te Araroa Trail, Whananaki South Road ,
1 A well made path with easy access for most people including families.
2 A short walk generally on well made path but may include steeper sections.
3 A longer walking track usually well made including steps and more suitable for people with reasonable fitness.
Bougainville and Whananaki map(PDF, 135KB)
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