Waituna Lagoon Tracks

172, Waghorn Road, Kapuka South, Southland 9875 New Zealand

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“You can stroll the boardwalk, walk the loop track through wetland tarns or walk along the spectacular white quartz beach to the outlet of Waituna Lagoon. Waituna is a Ramsar site so is internationally recognised place of importance for birdlife.”

Boardwalk Track

Track category: Easy access short walk

Time: 10 min return

Distance: 500 m return

The boardwalk winds through low-growing manuka and shrubs, emerging at a viewing shelter that overlooks Waituna Lagoon. Interpretation panels in the shelter provide a wealth of information on the area and its fascinating inhabitants.

The lagoon is periodically open to the sea and its brackish waters are an important habitat for wildfowl, native fish and trout. The viewing platform is a good spot for viewing wildlife.

There is a toilet and picnic table at the carpark at the start of the Boardwalk Track.

Wetland Loop Track

Track category: Easy access short walk

Time: 1-1.5 hr return

Distance: 5 km loop track

This wetland loop track starts on the Boardwalk Track. The first intersection onto the Wetland Loop Track is approximately 50 m from the start of the Boardwalk Track at the carpark. The wetland Loop Track is easy walking on both boardwalk and gravel through manuka wetland and past bog tarns.

There are great interpretation panels and rest stops along the way. Listen carefully for fernbirds. This loop track links onto the Boardwalk Track and the viewing platform and will then lead you back to the carpark.

Waituna Quarry Restoration Track

Track category: Easy access short walk

Time: 5 min return

Distance: 300 m return

There is a carpark for this track situated on the corner of Waituna Lagoon Road and Hanson Road. This former gravel pit quarry is an active restoration project. The Waituna Landcare Group is transforming the gravel pit into a functioning wetland. There is short gravel track to a viewing point overlooking the pond and an interpretation panel identifying wetland inhabitants.

The Waituna Lagoon Outlet site can be reached on foot along the beach or by small boat or kayak via Waituna Lagoon at high tide when Waituna Lagoon outlet is open, or anytime when outlet is closed to the sea.

Beach access You can also access the spectacular, white quartz beach off Waituna Lagoon Road. There is no track but you can walk along the beach. The entire walk is 4-5 hr return (9 km one way) from the eastern end of Waituna Lagoon to Waituna Lagoon opening site.

The beach walk begins with a gentle climb over a loose gravel bank. Once on the beach walking is easy and can be as long (or short) as you wish.

Don't take vehicles onto the gravel as the gravel is deep and you will get stuck.The gravel is thick and may be sloping and difficult to walk on. Be aware of tides and sea conditions. The gravel beach area is quite steep in places and is exposed.

The Waituna Lagoon is sometimes opened to the sea and the lagoon becomes tidal. You will only be able to walk on the beach up to the site where the lagoon is opened to the sea.

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Waituna Lagoon Tracks

172, Waghorn Road
Kapuka South
Southland
9875 New Zealand

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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