Time: 40 min return
Awakiki Bush Scenic Reserve is an outstanding example of lowland tōtara forest. There is foot access from the road through neighbouring farm land to the loop track through the reserve.
Getting there: Turn right (signposted) off the Owaka Highway, south of Telford Polytechnic, onto Awakiki Road.
Kaka Point Bush Walk
Time: 30 min loop track
This is an easy bush walk in the Kaka Point Scenic Reserve that gives the impression that it is very remote, yet almost within the township of Kaka Point.
Getting there: There are two signposted, entrance/exit points, both off Marine Terrace. Another access track links the loop track off Rata Street.
Time: 10 – 20 min return
The well-maintained pathway suits all ages and leads to a viewing platform beside the Tokata Lighthouse – great seascapes. The area is rich in wildlife; several seabird species nest on the rock stacks. New Zealand fur seals/kekeno also breed here, and other marine mammal species can sometimes be seen. In summer the ocean can be covered in large flocks of sooty shearwater/tītī. This is a treasured site for Kāi Tahu.
Getting there: Carry on along the coast road from Kaka Point to the top Kaimātaitai carpark. Toilets, a viewing site and a picnic area are all nearby.
Time: 20 min return
Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho can be viewed from the hide when they come ashore in the late afternoon. To avoid disturbing these endangered penguins, do not go down to the beach after 3 pm. Sea lions/rāpoka can also sometimes be seen on the beach.
Getting there: The carpark is 800 m before the main carpark, on the same road.
In Balclutha, turn off SH1 onto the Owaka Highway. Travel approx. 7 km then turn into Kaka Point Road, which becomes Esplanade Road in Kaka Point. Follow this for another 9 km.
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