The track begins at the second stream from the southern end of Gore Bay. There is a DOC sign and a yellow fingerboard sign to show the way from the main street of the bay, near the beach.
At first following the stream, there are views of towering clay cliffs above as the track winds up through the 63-hectare reserve. There are a lot of vegetation and landforms as the track climbs up through rich broadleaf coastal forest featuring whauwhaupaku or five-finger and kawa kawa.
The track gradually climbs into more open regenerating kānuka forest, with the occasional glimpse of the sea through the trees. The reserve is known for its abundant birdlife, with korimako/bellbird and pīwakawaka/fantail being common.
The track tops out at an open lookout with a picnic table and sweeping views of Pegasus Bay and the coastline.
Drive on SH1 to Cheviot, then turn down Gore Bay Road (130 km from Christchurch). Drive 9 km to reach the beach.
The track can be slippery at times and has been re-routed to avoid a slip. Take care.
Toilets are available near the main beach of Gore Bay.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.