Honeycomb Rock crop

Honeycomb Rock

Honeycomb Rock Track follows the dramatic Wairarapa coastline across farmland. It takes in Honeycomb Rock and the wreck of the Tuvalu, a Fijian trader which ran aground a few metres south of the rock on its maiden voyage in 1967.

The shallow bays offer good swimming in nice weather and there is a fur seal colony located approximately halfway along the walk.

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.

Honeycomb Rock Track is closed for lambing during September and October.


The walkway begins at Glenburn Station. Glenburn Station is about 60km east of Masterton, and the last 20km of the road is unsealed. Glenburn Station is signposted from Te Wharau Road Junction, 1km north of Gladstone.

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: 5-6 hours return
Length: 16km return
Created: 3 August 1994
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Honeycomb Rock Track page on the Department of Conservation’s website.

Photo provided courtesy of Glenburn Station.