An attractive and varied short walk through rainforest and coastal vegetation that makes a good introduction to the unique NZ West Coast environment.
On our first road trip down the West Coast of New Zealand we stopped along the way to complete a few short walks (perhaps 15 minutes to an hour). Some, like the Truman Track, were not planned, but turned out to be an excellent introduction to this beautiful and unique part of the country. This track in particular was a good one as it had a variety of vegetation, and signs identifying some of the notable plants found in this region, which is much wetter than my usual stomping grounds of Canterbury and Otago. It starts in very lush rainforest, then quickly transitions to attractive coastal scenery, and the whole walk can be done in 30 minutes (plus photography time!).
The Truman Track is a short (roughly 30 minutes return) constructed track to viewing points on the coast. It’s located on the main road just a few kilometres north of Punakaiki. We dropped down to the beach for a bit of exploring, which you might not be able to do safely at high tide or in stormy weather. There’s more information on the DOC website.