Nugget Point/Tokata walks
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.
Turn right (signposted) off the Balclutha/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.
There are two signposted, entrance/exit points, both off Marine Terrace. Another access track links the loop track off Rata Street.
Nugget Point/Tokata Track
Time: 10 – 20 min return
The well-maintained pathway suits all ages and leads to a viewing platform beside the 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.
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.
Roaring Bay track, leading to the
wildlife viewing hide
Time: 20 min return
Yellow-eyed penguins/hōiho can be viewed from the hide when they come ashore in the late afternoon. To avoid disturbing these endangered penguins, please do not go down to the beach after 3pm. Sea lions/pakake can also sometimes be seen on the beach.
The carpark is 800 metres before the main carpark, on the same road.
Accessible from the Balclutha/Owaka highway (SH92), south of Telford Polytechnic in South Otago.
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