Located in White Cliffs and Mount Messenger Conservation Area in the Taranaki region
22 km return via same track
The walkway is closed from 1 July to 30 September every year for the lambing season.
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 and these operations opened up walking access to the dramatic forest and coastal country of the region. The entire walkway is across private land.
It is no longer possible to walk the Whitecliffs Walkway from Pukearuhe to Tongaporutu as the northern end of the track from Clifton Road end at Tongaporutu to the stock tunnel entrance is currently closed.
There are three 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.
Active slip and changing sand conditions:
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.
Distance: 11 km one way (22 km return same way)
Time: 3–4 hr
Follow the walkway along the cliff tops to the historic stock tunnel (cattle used to be brought along the beach to here at Tongaporutu on their way north). Here the track ends and you must return the same way. It is not safe to go through the tunnel as it is collapsing.
Whitecliffs Walkway begins at the Pukearuhe boat ramp at the end of Pukearuhe Road, north of Urenui.
Ensure you park to allow access to the boat ramp and farm property.
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