To The PointBeginner
Submitted by Stephanie Berry
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
CoastalOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslands
June 2020: The track is currently closed due to access issues over private land
Pigeon Bay Walkway is closed from 20 July to 20 November each year for lambing. This track is on private Farmland. Please leave gates the way you find them.
This is a really easy track to navigate. Follow the Wakaroa Point walkway signage from the Yacht Club which leads you around the front of the Historic Annandale Homestead and it's stunning gardens, along the beachfront and out onto the farm, You will climb over a stile and then follow a track marked with fenceposts through the first paddock, through a stand of gum trees and then up onto the farm track.
You will follow this track all the way out to the heads, with magnificent views of the cliffs that drop dramatically down into the bay. If you're lucky you might just spot some dolphins or seals. The odd sea lion and orca have also been known to pay a visit. The farm track will come to gate at the heads and just before here you will see the posts heading out across the paddock to the heads. Follow these poles. The rest of the farm is out of bounds. The poles will lead you down to the heads where you will get amazing views of the cliffs below you and all the way out across the ocean to Kaikoura and beyond.
Return the way you came ... don't forget to follow the poled route back down into the paddock and back through the gum trees. Watch out for vehicles on the track ... Annandale operates 7 days a week and there are infrequent vehicle movements along the track ... keep your ears peeled.
Features of interest
Beautiful Pigeon Bay, Old Volcanic formations, Stunning views of Pegasus Bay, Godley Heads, The Kaikouras and beyond.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 75%
Drive into Pigeon Bay which is approximately 30 minutes drive from Little River … or Akaroa if you're coming from that way. Turn right and drive past the camp ground and into the boating club and drive right to the end where you will see the DOC signs near the wharf,
Plenty of parking.
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No fresh water on route
Weather can change quickly
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