Waikouaiti Beach & LagoonBeginner
Submitted by Richele McKenzie
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Out and Back
No dogs allowed along lagoon tracks.
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This is a short run exploring the lagoon and spotting birdlife.
Starting from the carpark, head onto the beach and run north for approx 900m, then turn into the sandy inlet for the lagoon. Soon you will see a track through the pines on the left. Follow a short distance until you come to a DOC sign for Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge. Continue along the causeway, running three small "out and backs" before returning along the beach to the start. Two of these are along the causeway and the third is over a small bridge and along a small lakeside track (turn around at the farm stile). This gives you the chance to read all the information boards and spot many different water birds. Watch for horses (and sea lions) when returning along the beach.
Features of interest
Hawksbury Lagoon - wildlife refuge.
Waikouaiti Beach - horses are trained along the beach at low tide. And if you're really lucky you'll see a sea lion.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 30%
Easy Single Track: 70%
Waikouaiti Beach Carpark, end of Beach Street, Waikouaiti.
Plenty of parking in the carpark.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
Unknown. Public toilet at the nearby sports ground (unsure of opening times). There is a smaller cafe on Beach street. There are shops, cafes and a public toilet on the main road at Waikouaiti.
Can get very windy. Take care during stormy weather.
Swans and gulls in the lagoon may get a bit angry during nesting season.
Watch for horses along the beach.
Occasionally sea lions sunbathe on the beach - they can be well camouflaged!
Take care at high tide.
Post run indulgence
Main Road, Waikouaiti
Lovely coffee. Good range of Gluten Free and Vegetarian options.
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