Introduction

Walk or mountain bike through varied vegetation and enjoy ocean views.

Track overview

One way

Walking and tramping

6 hr | 2hr Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

4 - 5 hr Intermediate: Grade 3
Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

This track follows old farm tracks and logging roads through a mixture of vegetation types. There are good opportunities to enjoy ocean views and many excellent camping sites along the way.

Shorter option

For a shorter walk (2 hours one way), start at Half Moon Bay and follow an old logging track to the track junction with the track to Okiwi Bay. It's a worthwhile detour up to the saddle (10 minutes) where you are greeted wtih great views of the ocean and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. From the junction, sidle through retired farmland down to the mature forest of the Seaward Valley. The track finishes on Seaward Valley Road, off SH1.

Getting there

Access points with car parking are located at Okiwi Bay and Halfmoon Bay on SH1, and Seaward Valley Road, off SH1.

Mountain biking

This is a challenging ride with two major climbs. Steep to medium gradients are combined with a surface that is rutted in places and can be slippery or muddy when wet.

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Contacts

Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 319 5641
Email:   info@kaikoura.co.nz
Address:   West End
Kaikoura 7300
Full office details
Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Email:   renwick@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Gee Street
Renwick
Marlborough 7204
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