Whitecliffs Walkway

5 - 8 Hours


  • Cliffs and bluffs
  • Coastal views
  • Farmland - Jul to Sept closed


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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. You'll find the start of the walkway at the end of Pukearuhe Road, which is off State Highway 3 north of Urenui.

The beach between the Waipingau Stream and Pukearuhe (a walk of around 1 ½ hours) is accessible only at low tide. If you plan to walk along the beach as part of your trip, it's wise to check tide times beforehand. For your own safety, you need to reach Pukearuhe no later than two hours after low tide.

The Whitecliffs Walkway is closed during the lambing season - 1 July to 30 September.