Ship Creek Swamp Forest Walk

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Enjoy magnificent photo opportunities of a dune lake, sweeping coastline, forest plants and wildlife on these three walks.

Track overview

Various 800 m to 4.7 km

Walking and tramping

Various 20 min - 1 hr 30 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Monro Beach Walk

Time: 1 hr 30 min, return
Distance: 4.7 km return 

An easy walk through luxuriant coastal forest to the remote Monro Beach just north of Knights Point. In spring, you may see Fiordland crested penguins/tawaki in the surf and on the beach. Take care not to disturb these rare birds.

Ship Creek: Kahikatea Swamp Forest Walk

Time: 20 min, return
Distance: 800 m return

A gentle walk following the slow-flowing Ship Creek Tauparikaka. A creek-side viewpoint allows easy observation of the forest plants and wildlife.

The track loops through an area of dense swamp forest where you can see stunning specimens of New Zealand’s tallest tree, the kahikatea (white pine).

Ship Creek: Dune Lake Walk

Time: 30 min round trip 
Distance: 1 km round trip 

The first part of this walk, along the sand dunes, is an easy access short walk. The track then becomes ‘short walk’ grade and winds through dense coastal forest stunted by wind.

The walk opens out to provide magnificent photo opportunities from platforms that overlook the dune lake and the sweep of the coastline south-west to Jackson Head.

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.


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
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
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