Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Kahurangi Lighthouse Keepers House

Collingwood, Tasman

Submitted by Stu Houston

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 36

Gnarl Factor: 88








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.9%


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This is possibly the best beach run in Aotearoa which does need to be well planned around tides and fine weather but it is well worth the effort. Bring a dry bag big enough for your pack you may need it to swim across Big River! The run is described from the start at Turimawiwi River which requires a 4x4 to get to - if you don't have one then park at Anatori River and follow the coast down to Turimawiwi but add an extra 12 kms to the return trip and allow for the extra time to get back to Anatori with the tide still low enough to cross. These Wild West Coast rivers can be very dangerous to cross and have claimed lives so plan for a midday low tide and a period of fine weather and you will be fine.

From Turimawiwi head out onto the hard sand beach and run South to the Anaweka River crossing, go up stream from the mouth and cross, it can be waist deep but when you return it will be knee deep. Continue South to the biggest obstacle of the trip - the crossing of Big River. You should plan to be here before low tide to allow enough time to return while still low. There are 3 places to cross - either pick a line where the sea meets the river on the bar (NOT if the surf is huge) or at the narrow part between the mouth and lagoon which requires you to swim the deep 70 metre gap, or through thelLagoon choosing the best spot you can find. If it's a warm day swimming the gap is the best.

From here you enter Kahurangi National Park and nikau palm fringed white sand beaches and after 3 kms you will spot a large Orange triangle and a DOC sign which leads you to the large 24 bunk hut. There is also heaps of space for camping and if you want to take the tide pressure off yourself this is an incredible place to stay a night. There is no actual marked track to the Lighthouse but if you carry on South past the first small bluffs you can find a route up to it. Return back the way you came.

Stunning Wild West Coast beaches and bushback drop. Lighthouse keepers house now a DOC Hut.

Parking is remote and safe. Don't attempt fording rivers after or during heavy rain.

57 km

94 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Map.

Big River's water will be saline so bring water with you.
The hut has tank water.

Summer is best for the river crossings

ONLY GO IF rivers are low, weather is fine and settled, tide is low, you are an experienced runner and you are a confident swimmer.

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Stu Houston

Stu Houston

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Oh this run was a wee West Coast delight. Ran it in March though we still had to swim across Big River in low tide . Worthwhile running up to the lighthouse too.

Sia Svendsen

August 14, 2021

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