Looking north from the slopes of Mount Patutu

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Climb to the summit of Patutu (1162 m) for great views of the coast and the North Island.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

4 hr 30 min one way Expert: Route

Dog access

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

About this track


There is a great view of the coast and North Island from the summit of Mount Patutu (1162 m).

The first 3 hours follows an old farm track; the remaining 1 hour is a fairly steep climb to the summit.

Allow a full day for the return trip.

Getting there

The track starts at the Okiwi Bay Campsite, off SH1, 30 km north of Kaikoura.

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.


Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 319 5641
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   info@kaikoura.co.nz
Address:   West End
Kaikoura 7300
Postal Address:  
Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   renwick@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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