Pounawea Nature Walk
Time: 15 min round trip
This loop track in the Pounawea Scenic Reserve takes you through bush typical of the area, and has info panels with plant and tree labelling.
Pounawea Bush Walking Track
Time: 45 min round trip
Pounawea Bush Walking Track starts from Pounawea Motor Camp. It passes through a stand of virgin podocarp forest, well populated by birdlife. It returns to the start via a loop through a salt marsh and estuary. The estuary shows an intact sequence of vegetation from shoreline to forest. The sand spit near the estuary mouth is home to wading birds, including godwits who annually return from northern Asia.
The salt marsh section of the track is only accessible at low tide.
The track starts from the Pounawea Motor Camp, on the foreshore at the end of Pounawea Road. Vehicles should be parked outside the camping ground.
Dogs are not permitted on Tunnel Hill, Barrs Falls and Surat Bay Wildlife walks.
The Otago coast is frequented by sea lions, other marine mammals and vulnerable bird life. Don't disturb them.
Each year, godwits return to the sandspit at the mouth of the estuary.