Tīhaka Beach Track
This coastal track connects Colac Bay with Riverton and is mostly near the coast.
Before the climb up to Mores Reserve the track crosses sections of private farm land. Keep to the marked track here and be aware that this section is closed during September and October for lambing. It is also foot access only and dogs are prohibited.
To reach Riverton during the lambing closure, continue on Tīhaka Beach Road to Orepuki Riverton Highway (SH99). Turn right here and walk the road shoulder into Riverton.
The track formally begins at the Colac Bay Road/SH99 junction (with the Colac Bay Tavern and campground adjacent). If the tide is right, head east along the beach. Alternatively, at high tide, walk the initial section on the Foreshore Road frontage then descend to the beach when the road turns inland. Continue along the beach then ascend the formed sand track to Tīhaka Beach Road.
When this road veers inland Te Araroa remains on the coast (unless you’re here during the lambing closure). Keep to the track, which follows marker poles along the beaches and across the headlands.
From the final deer fence the track leaves the coast and heads up towards, then through, Mores Reserve to emerge at a car park at the end of Richard Street.There are public toilets here. Walk down Richard Street towards Riverton.
At the bottom of Richard Street turn left onto Bay Road and walk around to the Palmerston Road Bridge. The Tihaka Beach Track ends at the junction with SH99 just before the bridge.
Before the climb up to Mores Reserve the track crosses sections of private farm land. Keep to the marked track here
This section is closed during September and October for lambing.
Foot access only
- Vehicles on road or track Take care when walking along roads
- Farming operations
- Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide
- Small stream crossings
- Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
- Weather extremes
- Few water sources
No dogs are permitted
How to get here
Northern Start: Junction of Colac Bay Road and SH99, Colac Bay
Southern End: Junction of SH99 and Bay Road, Riverton
Map of Track
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