Kaikoura Coast Track, Canterbury NZ

The Kaikoura Coast Track is a two day private walk taking in spectacular coastal scenery & patches of native bush. Accommodation is provided.

Kaikoura Coast Track

The Kaikoura Coast Track was my first time doing a private walk, (one that you pay to do), and also my first overnighter. It’s really a combination of two day walks, with the organisers taking your stuff between ‘bach’ style accommodation – so it’s a pretty cruisy way to walk. The scenery on the first day included dark volcanic sands, sea cliffs and patches of native bush. The second day starts inland, and you walk over Skull Peak (489m) with 360 degree views over the area and more native bush as you walk back to the coast. (These views were unfortunately clouded in on the day we did it, so no pics). There’s also quite a bit of wildlife around: lots of seals, but you can sometimes see dolphins and whales. The less attractive sections include sometimes smelly paddocks and a couple of stretches of road, but all in all a nice and unique walking experience.

We did it with friends and it is a nice way to share a walk through pleasant scenery with people that might be of mixed walking abilities. There’s enough walking to justify a nice meal and drinks in your accommodation, but not so much to stop anybody doing it. Roughly 13km of undulating walking each day. There’s more info including pics of those views we missed on the official website.

Kaikoura Coast Track
The walk is in two sections, with the organisers driving you from your accommodation on night 2 to the start of the walk back to the coast and your accommodation on the first night.

Kaikoura Coast Track: The Scenery

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A seal near our accommodation on the first night.
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We climbed down to the beach here.

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The cliffs were a highlight of day 1.

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A few seals on the route.
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Clear stratification in the cliffs.

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Very tangled undergrowth.
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All my shots of the sections of native bush ended up being quite misty. 
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Going for a walk down Dawn Creek from our accommodation on the second night.
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At the start of the second day. We never really got any views due to low lying clouds on the coast.

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Native tree fuchsia.
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Probably a third of the walk was through native bush.
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A good sized cabbage tree
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A bit more colour when we returned to the coast on day 2. It had been a misty couple of days.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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