Ship Creek area, viewed from above
PHOTO: Andris Apse ©


This ancient kahikatea swamp forest provides a glimpse back in time to what much of the West Coast may have looked like prior to human settlement.

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    This ancient kahikatea swamp forest is one of the best examples of swamp forest that you will come across.

    Enjoy scenic views, and the ancient forest of tall kahikatea. It's well worth stopping at Ship Creek on your journey along the West Coast.

    Getting there

    These walks are signposted off SH6 as you head north from Haast to Lake Paringa.

    • Monro Beach is near Lake Moeraki, 30 km north of Haast. 
    • Ship Creek Tauparikaka is 20 km north of Haast.


    Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
    Address:   69 Cron Street
    Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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    Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 3 750 0809
    Address:   Haast Junction
    Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
    South Westland
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