Cooks Cove Walkway Credit Russelljsmith

Cooks Cove Walkway

Cooks Cove Walkway, located north of Gisborne, weaves through light bush and open grassland to the clifftops that lead down into Cooks Cove. After approximately 20 minutes, the walkway reaches a viewing platform overlooking Cooks Cove.

From Cooks Cove, visitors can explore the Hole-in-the-Wall rock formation and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust memorial, which commemorates Captain Cook’s visit to the area to repair his ship and take on fresh supplies in 1769.

Some sections of this track 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.

The walkway is closed from 1 August to Labour weekend each year for lambing season.


Cooks Cove Walkway off Shelton Road at the southern end of Tolaga Bay, 52km north of Gisborne.

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, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 2 hours and 30 minutes return
Length: 5.8km return
Created: 29 July 1998
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Cooks Cove Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.

Photo credit: russelljsmith