2013 Point Elizabeth Walkway view west

Point Elizabeth Walkway

From the northern end, Point Elizabeth Walkway winds its way through mixed coastal forest toward the Point Elizabeth headland. From here, visitors can see south toward Aoraki/Mount Cook and north toward the Paparoa Mountain Range.

Visitors may also be able to spot Hector’s dolphins and New Zealand fur seals from the clifftop lookout, while native birds such as fantails, tomtits, grey warblers and bellbirds are plentiful along the rest of the walkway.


Point Elizabeth Walkway can be accessed at the northern end from Seven Mile Road in Rapahoe, just before the Seven Mile Creek Bridge. The southern entrance is located at the end of North Beach Road in Cobden.

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: 1 hour 45 minutes one way
Length: 5.5km one way
Created: 2 December 1981
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

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