Start of Taieri River Track

Image: Laura Honey | DOC


An interesting walk in the Taieri Gorge that travels alongside the Taieri River and passes through several different types of vegetation.

Track overview

8 km one way

Walking and tramping

2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The 8 km Taieri River Gorge reaches inland from the river mouth. In parts it can be muddy and slippery – good footwear is essential.

The track passes through several different types of vegetation and terrain. Because of the river's tidal nature in its lower reaches, the track's early stages passes both freshwater and saline plant life.

As it climbs a little it enters a lush podocarp forest with superb specimens of Halls totara, tree fern/kātote and miro. There are also good stands of healthy, regenerating kahikatea, New Zealand’s tallest native tree. As kahikatea thrives in fertile soil, that has usually become farmland, regenerating stands like this are very rare.

After the forest the track passes through open shrubland to then cut downhill and finish at John Bull Gully picnic area. There’s a choice of returning the same way for great views of Taieri Mouth and Moturata/Taieri Island or carrying on in the same direction on the Clutha District Council’s Millenium track, which links with Taieri Ferry Road that, in turn, comes out on SH1. 

Getting there

To reach Taieri Mouth take the coastal road, south of Dunedin, via Green Island and Brighton to Taieri Mouth. Cross the bridge and turn right to reach the track start. 


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