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Kahurangi Lighthouse

Kahurangi National Park

Grade: Easy

Event Status: Programme

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From Friday 05 February 2021
To Monday 08 February 2021

Cost: $

Trip Leader:
Kath Ballantine

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Phone: 027 931 5689
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Leave Friday after work and spend the night at Maungarakau lodge $20 pp.

On Saturday morning cross Anatori River by 4x4 or on foot and head out to the coastline. The walk to Kahurangi Point is an unmarked route along a wild and often windswept beach for approx. 18km (5 -hour walk) to the Kahurangi lighthouse Keepers' House (1 hut ticket per night) near Kahurangi Point.

There are 2 rivers to cross at low tide. Bring your rain pack cover to float your pack across the Big River, if necessary. Don't forget the togs, as this is a great spot to swim. After Big River, the beach gives way to huge inter-tidal rock platforms near Kahurangi Point. Just before the point is the former lighthouse keepers house which is a 25-bunk hut, to stay the night. A short walk further on around the coast takes you through sand dunes to the Lighthouse, built in1903. The lighthouse sits on the point from which the park derives its name. The route is a bit bushy.

Sunday spent on a leisurely walk along the coast to Kahurangi River. Spend time at Kahurangi Falls, which are situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the river mouth. The falls flow into a beautiful pristine pool, completely surrounded by lush bush right to the water’s edge - just inviting a swim on a hot day! Maybe explore Lagoon Creek with its lovely lowland bush. Return to the hut for a second night. Maybe draw a warm bath tub in the hut.

Scenic delights include wonderful podocarp trees, Nikau palms and lowland bush, sand dunes and rock pools. Birds may include our Great Spotted Kiwi, numerous bush birds and sea birds. Fur seals are common on this coast during the breeding season, and fishing is good off the beach.

Remember the Bushman spray/lotion as the sand flies mean serious business. 

Return by the same route on Monday, ensuring we catch low tide to cross Big river. If there is time on the way home, we can walk up Knuckle Hill with views over Wanganui Inlet, or explore the wetlands, a noted area for birds. The lighthouse Keeper's House has 25 bunks. It is a popular place to visit so I expect at least half the trip participants should take a tent.

Note: Two river estuary crossings. Low tide is mid day. Please note that this trip is very weather dependent. If it rains the rivers will be unsafe to cross.


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Registrations close 2021-02-05 00:00, Number Registered: 12 , Trip Capacity: 20