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Boundary Stream Walkway

Boundary Stream Walkway is located 60km north of Napier. It passes through scenic reserve and farmland, taking in native forest and sandstone bluffs and the Hawke’s Bay’s highest waterfall, Shines Falls.

The area is home to a diverse range of native birds including the North Island brown kiwi, kaka, kokako, NZ falcon and kereru. Large populations of more common species including tui, bellbird, whitehead and North Island robin are also present. Threatened plants such as kakabeak and yellow-flowered mistletoe may be spotted by the keen-eyed.

Some sections of this walkway cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.


Boundary Stream Walkway is 60km north of Napier. It can be accessed from Pohokura Road, at its western end, or Heays Access Road, at its eastern end.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 5 hours one way
Length: 8km one way
Created: 10 April 1981
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about the Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve, view the Boundary Stream Mainland Island page on the Department of Conservation’s website.