Tutukaka Head

Three different tracks make up the walk, two shorter and one longer which explore Tutukaka Head including views of the lighthouse.

Time: 1 hour

Distance: 2km

Tutukaka Head Grade 2. Duration 1 hour return.

Good shoes recommended, choose an hour either side of the tide. Access to the car park and reserve is via a right of way off Matapouri Rd, 400m past the turn off to the Tutukaka Marina.

A grassy track follows the headland out across the reserve where many trees have been planted over the years by local school children. Seating is provided in several spots. The descent to the beach is stepped and well maintained leading to a pebbly causeway across to Kukutauwhao Island.

Close to low tide cross the causeway and follow the well marked track which climbs up the side of the island to the beacon and great coastal views.

Please drive carefully. A narrow bit on this road is clearly marked. Limited parking is available at a car park at the entrance of the reserve.