22 km (return)
The walkway is closed from 1 July to 30 September during the lambing season.
Get some fresh air and exercise on the Whitecliffs Walkway. This farmland walk delivers more than five hours of spectacular coastal and Tasman Sea views.
Allow about five hours to complete this wonderful walk across northern Taranaki's sheer cliffs and bluffs.
The walkway takes you over farmland to Mount Davidson, the Whitecliffs Conservation Area and the Waipingau Stream. Depending on the tide, you can return to your starting point by following the stream to the coast and walking along the beach.
Major scenic features include the dramatic white cliffs (Paraninihi), the Three Sisters rock formations and the historic Te Horo stock tunnel, which is undergoing restoration.
Pukearuhe to Wai Pingao Stream, returning to Pukearuhe via the beach (low tide only): 3 - 4 hours
Pukearuhe to Mt Messenger: 6 - 7 hours
Pukearuhe to the stock tunnel (return): 6 - 8 hours
The walkway starts at the end of Pukearuhe Road, off State Highway 3 north of Urenui.
Need to know
Warning: there is active cliff erosion along the beach section - extreme caution required as rocks may continue to fall.