Ship Creek area, viewed from above

Image: 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.

Place overview


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  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Ship Creek area

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
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 750 0809
Fax:   -
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
South Westland
Postal Address:   PO Box 50
Haast 7844
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