Lookout at the end of the Truman Track

Image: Melissa Reid | DOC


Walk through unspoiled subtropical forest to a spectacular coastline.

Track overview

1.4 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

30 min return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Truman Track is a walk through unspoiled subtropical forest where podocarp and rātā trees tower above thickets of vine and nīkau palms.

The track emerges on a spectacular coastline with cliffs, caverns, a blowhole and a waterfall that plummets straight onto a rock-strewn beach. Get spectacular coastal views from a viewing platform. A stairway provides access to the beach. 

Getting there

The start of the track is off SH 6, 3 km north of the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre in Punakaiki.

There is a small carpark across the road. Take care when crossing. 

Know before you go

It is not safe to go onto the beach during rough seas or high tide. Rogue waves are a risk on this beach at all times.

The area above the beach including the area at the high tide mark has large rock overhangs. Do not linger under or near any sections of rock overhang at any time.

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land.


Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
RD 1
Runanga 7873
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