Honeycomb rock, Wairarapa
Closed for lambing during September and October
Honeycomb Rock is a spectacular outcrop on the Wairarapa coast, so named because of the remarkable cell-like weathering pattern which gives the rock a honeycomb appearance.
Honeycomb Rock Walkway is entirely within the privately-owned Glenburn Station. The track is flat and easily negotiated, following the coastline across farmland. Shallow bays offer good swimming in calm weather.
Glenburn Station, the start of the walkway, is about 60 km east of Masterton. Follow the Gladstone Road to the Te Wharau Road junction about 1 km north of Gladstone. The road is signposted to Glenburn from here and passes through Te Wharau Settlement.
A fur sea colony is located about halfway along the walk, on rocks adjacent to the Honeycomb light. Numbers peak during winter when they gather to rest and feed.
A few metres to the south of the rock is the wreck of the Tuvalu, a Fijian trader, which ran aground here on its maiden voyage on 11 January, 1967.