Sailors Grave Whenuakite

Track category

Tramping track


2 hr


Sign on beach showing way to the memorial. Photo: Melanie Charters.
Sign to Sailors Grave

A two hour tramping track leads down Lynch Stream to Otara Bay. A one hour loop walk branches off near the start of this track, passing regenerating kauri and providing good views over the forest.

At low tide a one hour walk takes you from Otara Bay to Sailors Grave Historic Reserve and Te Karo Bay.  You can also reach Sailors Grave by turning off the Tairua highway on to Sailors Grave Road and down to the Pohutukawa Grove Recreation Reserve. A short walking track leads you to the memorial for a sailor from HMS Tortoise who drowned in the surf in 1842. See Sailors Grave historic site.

Getting there

8 km north of Tairua.

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