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Taupo PaBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ray Boardman

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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Five minutes along the Coastal Track there is a branch signposted off to the left that takes you down to the beach. On the beach look for the orange triangular track sign on the rocks to the right and follow around the shore line. After a few hundred metres there is a sign and path leading up the hill for the high tide track. It's recommended to go at low tide and scramble around. The going is relatively easy and it takes you to a secluded beach (with a private bach) and at the far end of this beach (less than 2 ½ km from the trail head) is Taupo Point.

There is plenty of wildlife on this journey with large crabs the size of your hand, a seal pup, oyster catchers, kingfishers and plenty of other birds.

Although poorly sign posted at the point there is a series of tracks that bisect across the isthmus and can be followed up the point. There is also a toilet located here (although I can't vouch for the state it is in). The pits, hollows and terraces of the Pã are still visible although overgrown.

We returned via the high tide track and this is a nice track with some well formed switch backs to get you up and over the point on the return journey.

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Features of interest

It was from a Pã based here that some wakas set out to greet Abel Tasman when he sailed into the bay in 1642. Unfortunately their haka was too intimidating for our European forefathers and the sailors fired their muskets at the warriors in the waka killing four of them. That was Abel Tasman's only contact with Maori and it predated Captain Cook arriving by over 100 years.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 65%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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  • Access

    Abel Tasman Coastal Track car park at the road end of McShane Rd

    Heaps of parking available and shuttles available for Takaka, Motueka, Richmond and Nelson

    25 km

    34 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Check the tide before you travel to the start, as this route needs to be done on an out going tide or at low tide.


    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    All water will need to be carried as none is available on the route.

    Check the tide before you travel to the start, as this route needs to be done on an out going tide or at low tide.

    Be aware of seals and their pups, and also during the spring nesting birds such as oystercatchers.

    As you are traveling over rocky sections your footing needs to be sure.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Wholemeal Cafe
    60 Commercial Street, Takaka 7110, Golden Bay
    Great coffee & juices and delicious wholesome food. I recommend the Detox Juice (apple, ginger, beetroot and carrot) and their burger with great patties made on site.

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