Sailors Grave Historic Reserve

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


This track is closed until further notice due to kauri dieback disease being found in the vicinity.


Topographic map warning

Topo50 maps shows some tracks that have been permanently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


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.

Getting there

8 km north of Tairua.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
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