Walks north of Haast township

Track category

Short walk


Monro Beach Walk

Time: 40 min

An easy walk through luxuriant coastal forest to the remote monro Beach. Between July and December tawaki (Fiordland crested penguin) might be seen in the surf and on the beach.

Kahikatea Swamp Forest Walk

Time: 20 min

A gentle walk following the slow flowing Ship Creek Tauparikaka. A creek-side viewpoint allows easy observation of the forest plants and wildlife. Deep in the swamp forest, are views of New Zealand' s tallest tree, the kahikatea.

Dune Lake Walk

Time: 30 min

This walk winds through dense coastal forest stunted by wind. It opens out to provide magnificent photo opportunities from platforms overlooking the dune lake to the sweep of coastline south-west to Jackson Head.

Getting there

These walks are signposted off SH 6 as you head south between Lake Paringa and Haast.


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4. Know your limits
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Alerts for West Coast places


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 750 0809
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
South Westland
Email:   haastvc@doc.govt.nz
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