Manuka Bay Track
3 km one way
Closed for lambing 15 August to 15 October each year.
From the southern end of Manuka Bay beach, pass through the gate in the fence and follow the track up through the forest to an open grassy area.
The track crosses this then enters an area of regenerating mānuka and flax. There are examples of tunnel and gulley 'badland' erosion along the track.
It then passes through a stretch of mature coastal forest, dipping into gullies and rising again to give views of the coastline and the nearby Hurunui lagoon. A seat placed on the headland is a fine place to rest and admire the expansive ocean views.
As the track continues to head south the forest gradually thins out before reaching open farmland. At this point the Hurunui Walkway crosses private farmland for 10 minutes to reach the Hurunui Mouth Road near the mouth of the Hurunui River.
There are fantastic ocean and coastal views from the track.
Drive on SH1 to Domett, then turn down the signposted Hurunui Mouth Road (126 km north of Christchurch). Drive 4 km down the road before turning off down the unsealed Port Robinson Road. Follow the winding road for 4 km then down through a gate to the informal picnic area by the beach at Manuka Bay.
The track can also be accessed from the southern end of the Hurunui Walkway, Hurunui Mouth Road, near the mouth of the Hurunui River.
The Port Robinson area lies at the southern and eastern limits of a number of bird and plant species. The area is known for its abundant bird life.
The final 10 minutes of track to the Hurunui River mouth is a New Zealand walkway that crosses private land. Stay on the track and do not disturb any stock.
No toilets or water are available on this track.