Located in White Cliffs and Mount Messenger Conservation Area in the Taranaki region
This walkway uses the Kapuni to Auckland gas pipeline route for 11 km. The laying of the pipeline involved an immense amount of heavy construction work. These operations opened up walking access to the dramatic forest and coastal country of the region. The entire walkway is across private land.
The northern section to Tongaporutu is closed. The northern end of the walkway between the stock tunnel and Clifton Road at Tongaporutu is closed. There is no access to the walkway from Tongaporutu.
There are 2 walking options along the Whitecliffs Walkway:
Distance: 6.5 km loop
Time: 3–4 hr
The walkway crosses open farmland to Mt Davidson, where it enters Ngati Tama land. It then follows the pipeline route along the ridge tops before descending to the Wai Pingao Stream.
Here you can divert from the main track and return to Pukearuhe by following the stream to the coast and walking south along the beach.
You can only walk along the beach at low tide (between Wai Pingao Stream mouth and Pukearuhe). Do not attempt unless you can reach Pukearuhe while the tide is still on its way out. Check the tide timetable before you go.
Due to changing sand conditions the beach section may not be passable even at low tide. Be prepared to turn back.
There is a large active cliff slip just south of the Wai Pingao Stream. Beware of falling rocks and take extreme caution.
Distance: 11 km one way
Time: 6–7 hr
Continue on the walkway across the Wai Pingao Stream bridge before climbing to the Parininihi Ridge high point and descending to the junction with the Mt Messenger Track.
Turn right to climb toward the summit of Mt Messenger before descending to the track exit at SH3.
Whitecliffs Walkway begins at the Pukearuhe boat ramp at the end of Pukearuhe Road, north of Urenui. Make sure you park to allow access to the boat ramp and farm property.
This 1,800 ha marine reserve encloses a typical slice of the north Taranaki coastline, as well as the possibly unique sponge gardens of Pariokariwa reef. The diversity of species encrusting the reef is amongst the highest recorded anywhere in New Zealand and ranks highly internationally.