Walks & Treks

Spectacular coastal tracks provide plenty of options for walking, trekking and mountain biking (bring your own bike).

D’Urville Island Loop

4-5 hours

A water taxi drops you off at Kapowai and picks you up at the end of the day at the Wilderness Café in Catherine Cove. Once there you can do some short coastal walks to two small waterfalls, have a meal and a well-deserved cold drink.

French Pass Reserve

Several short walks go through the reserve to two lookouts and a small beach. There are great views of the turbulent French Pass channel and keep an eye out for little blue penguins, king shags and dolphins. The beach walk takes you down to a small golden beach where you can swim, sun-bathe and fish.

French Pass Sunset

A short walk up the road in the evening will take you to grassland where you can toast the sun as it sets over D’Urville Island and Tasman Bay. Views at this time of evening are stunning with the warm glow of the golden hour and seascape making it ideal for photography. (Recommended with a blanket and a bottle of wine.)

French Pass Lookout

Information panels tell the story of the famous white dolphin Pelorus Jack (Kaikaiawaro), who accompanied boats across Admiralty Bay from 1888-1912. This special dolphin is now honoured by a handsome bronze sculpture at the lookout. If you take an early morning walk you’ll hear the dawn chorus thanks to the efforts of the local community to look after the native bush habitat.

Elaine Bay

A 35-minute drive will take you to Elaine Bay where there are two coastal walks and mountain biking tracks. The Piwakawaka (Fantail) Track is an easy walk through coastal vegetation. 2 hours return. The second is the Archer Track, a scenic coastal walk 2-3 hours one-way. Lyn can arrange a water taxi to drop you at Penzance in the beautiful Tennyson Inlet for the walk back to Elaine Bay. 

Cissy Bay

A track starting at the end of the road through Cissy Bay takes you along the coast and through native bush to a lookout dedicated to local community nurse Peggy Young. This is delightful short walk with birds and expansive views of the bay.