Suspension bridge over the Kōhaihai River.

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Enjoy beautiful nīkau forest on these easy walks from Kohaihai Campsite.

Track overview

Various to 7 km return

Walking and tramping

Various to 2 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Scotts Beach

Time: 2 hr return
Distance: 7 km return

Take this walk for a good taste of the Heaphy Track’s coastal section. Cross the suspension bridge over the Kōhaihai River and continue over the Kōhaihai Bluff to the first palm-fringed beach. A short side track at the top of the bluff leads to a spectacular viewpoint.

Return the same way.

Nikau Walk

Time: 35 min return
Distance: 1.3 km return

Take a leisurely stroll through forest featuring nīkau palms, creeping kiekie and graceful kātote/tree ferns. After crossing the Kōhaihai suspension bridge, take the right branch of the track that leads through groves of nīkau palms before emerging on to the main part of the track.

Turn left here to complete the loop back to Kōhaihai via the suspension bridge, or return the same way, through the nīkau palms.

Kohaihai Lookout Track

Time: 40 min return
Distance: 1.2 km return

The track climbs a hill behind the shelter at the picnic area to a lookout point, providing a coastal panorama.

Getting there

These walks start from Kohaihai Campsite, at the end of the Karamea-Kohaihai Road, 16 km north of Karamea.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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