30 Mins (return) 1 Km


  • Ancient forest
  • Tall kahikatea
  • Overlook Lake Mataketake



From swamp forest to windswept sand dunes these two short walks will give you give a real taste of the wild West Coast.

West Coast
Ship Creek Walk, West Coast

There are two walks you can do at Ship Creek, do one or both while you're visiting the West Coast.

Kahikatea Swamp Forest Walk

Walk through lush shaded forest and experience one of the best examples of swamp forest, featuring stunning specimens of New Zealand’s tallest tree, the kahikatea (white pine).

This gentle walk follows the slow-flowing Ship Creek Tauparikaka.

Dune Lake Walk

Follow the ruggard west coast dunes before heading into a dense coastal forest of stunned, windswept trees. Take in spectacular views of the coastline and dune lake along the way.


Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

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Getting there

The walk is signposted on State Highway 6 as you head along the West Coast towards or from Haast.  

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