Tutukaka & Kukutauwhao Island - The Tutukaka Lighthouse Walk

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Tutukaka Coast

A walk to get the heart pumping from the steep climbs and descents as well as the breathtaking views up and down the Tutukaka Coast

Choose from two walks, a short 200m, easy track to the south side of the headland (Tutukaka Harbour) which will take about 10 minutes, and the main track to the Tutukaka lighthouse, which is at times steep. You will get a work-out!

To get to the lighthouse, a solar powered beacon, from the parking area a grass track leads along the headland through young pohutukawa and other native trees. Seating is available in several spots along this track.

A set of steep steps provide access down to the small beach and a rocky/pebbly causeway where you follow the old power poles across to Kukutauwhao Island. The beach is accessible at all times however, if you want to cross to Kukutauwhao Island, this is best done as close to low tide as possible.

On the island, follow the track that traverses to the left and provides great views of the northern coastline and then leads through mostly native manuka, flax and cabbage trees into the interior of the headland.

The track finishes at the Tutukaka lighthouse where your effort is rewarded with by amazing panoramic views north to Cape Brett and south to Cape Rodney. Photo opportunities abound!

Head back down the same way you came up but take the time to explore some of the nooks and crannies around the island before you head back across the causeway and up the steps.

Take your fishing, diving or snorkelling gear as there are some great, easily accessible places to enjoy these activities.

Tutukaka is 40 minutes from Whangarei city. Access to the reserve and parking is via a right of way, sign posted off Matapouri Road 400m past Tutukaka’s Marina Drive.

This road is a private access road marked by a ‘Private Road’ sign. The public only have ‘right of passage’, please respect the privacy of the residents.

Limited parking is available at a car park at the entrance of the reserve. You can also park at the Tutukaka Marina and walk up a track to the left and near the public toilets. Turn right at the top onto the sealed road and follow this until you arrive at the reserve. This option will had approximately 30 minutes to your walk.

Time: 1.5 hours 
Distance: 2 km

View or download the Tutukaka Coast Tracks & Walks brochure [740MB] and find more Whangarei Maps and Guides here.

Landowners Lane,
Tutukaka, Whangarei, Northland

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