The track passes through coastal forest and goes past a scenic waterfall. Look out for the two old saw pits beside the track, which are remnants of historical logging operations.
It's well graded but steep in places.
There is a large sheltered picnic area next to the carpark.
Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve is 7.4 km south of New Plymouth. Follow Tukapa Street for 5 km, then turn into Cowling Road, then into Ratapihipihi Road.