Papatowai Walks

Two easy family walks combining forest and foreshore on the Catlins Coast. Both are just off the Southern Scenic Route and easy to access.


Old Coach Road   Time: 40 min return

Old Coach Track / Tahakopa Loop Track (Papatowai) - Coastal podocarp forest fringing a sandy bay. Walk along the Old Coach Road to a moa hunter camp at the river mouth. 40 minutes return. There is also a 2-3 hour (return) tramp through this significant reserve

Papatowai walks  Time: 40 min – I hr return

(45km from Waikawa) situated on the South bank of the Tahakopa estuary, offers a wealth of bush and beach walks. Early Maori camp site, Fishing, shop, camping ground and waste dump station, fuel. Also in close proximity are Lenze Reserve, Tautuku and Tahakopa Bays and Matai Falls.