Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Three walks on and around the very scenic Tautuku Bay.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

15 - 30 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Tautuku Bay

Time: 15 min return

Getting there
Opposite the Outdoor Education Centre on the Southern Scenic Route

Tautuku is a spectacular, forest-fringed bay that sweeps round to an impressive headland. The walk to the bay suits all ages.

Lake Wilkie

Time: 30 min return

Getting there
The carpark is just south of the Outdoor Recreation Centre

The walk features a variety of plant life. From podocarp forest at the track’s start to the impressive viewpoint – that can be accessed by wheelchair – to the plant communities around the lake. Good interpretation panels explain the lake’s formation and vegetation succession. When the rata is flower it’s an impressive and colourful place, with an active bird population.

Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk

Time: 30 min return

Getting there
Off the Southern Scenic Route near the Forest and Bird Society Lodge

The track is partly board-walked and also incorporates a section of the Old Coach Road. It starts in podocarp forest then leads out to the estuary flats. The vibrantly coloured jointed rush/oioi takes on an extra glow at sunrise and sunset. There is also a resident population of the shy but noisy fernbird.

Getting there

There is direct access to all three walks off SH92, the Southern Scenic Route.

Know before you go

Dogs are not permited in Tautuku Bay.


Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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