Huriawa Peninsula
Image: John Barkla | DOC


Set your imagination free on this windswept rugged headland in Karitane where history runs rife. In this place a great fortress once stood, the chief Te Wera ruled, Te Puna Wai spring kept the people of the land alive and whalers hauled the great sea creatures ashore.
  • Read the interpretation panels for the story of Huriawa.
  • Get splashed by the waves and watch the wave action at Kā pehū – the blow holes.
  • Search the land for red earth and ancient rubbish sites – what could these features tell you about the history of Huriawa?
  • Head to the mouth of the Waikouaiti river to get your feet wet while searching for crabs and other marine creatures.

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 4,836K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Huriawa Peninsula is in Karitane, 40 km (35 min) north of Dunedin via SH1. The pā site has an entrance at the end of Sulisker Street. There are a number of tracks on the peninsula providing plenty of variety.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Huriawa Peninsula code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Huriawa Peninsula

There are accessible public toilets and a pirate themed playground at the Karitane Domain (by the harbour on Barvas Street). There is good car parking next to the Domain, and also at the junction of Old Head Street and Sulisker Street (close to the wharf).

Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.

Huriawa Peninsula is coastal and exposed to erosion and land movement.

There is a risk of falling on sections of this track due to cliffs. Keep to the marked track and avoid cliff edges. Keep children within sight and do not let them near edges.

Huriawa is owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and managed by Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki with the support of DOC as a result of the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act (1998).

See Huriawa Peninsula on Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki website.

Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki logo.

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