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Tuhawaiki (Jack’s ) Point

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From the car park at the end of Scarborough Road, follow the signs for this walk. You will have to cross over the train tracks to be able to walk along the coastline.
Once you’re on the other side of the tracks, the track meanders along the coast until you reach Ellis Road at the other end. While it is common to start the walk at Scarborough Road, it is also possible to start at Ellis Road and follow the reverse route.
About halfway through, you will reach the lighthouse. You will also come across a beautiful stone bench. This is a perfect place to stop and truly take in the beauty of the water. Listen to the sound of the waves and keep your eyes peeled for seals or even penguins, which have often been spotted along this walk.
The track does not run alongside the beach but is instead elevated above, overlooking the rocky beach. So, if there are any penguins on the beach, you will be able to observe them without scaring them off.
Once you’ve reached the end of the road, simply return the same way.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1 hour walk
        • Distance: 5 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: There is a stream to cross from Ellis Road to the track.
        • Toilets: Unknown
        • Dogs: Unknown
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers coastal scenery and you may even see penguins on the beach and seals in the water.

  • Track Quality

    This is a well-gravelled walking and biking track on a gradual incline.

  • Hazards

    None

  • Transport

    Timaru is a stop on InterCity’s bus network. However, there is no transportation to the start of the walk from central Timaru.

  • Water

    Unknown

  • Driving Instructions

    From central Timaru, follow the Timaru-Pareora Highway south about 4.5 km. turn left onto Scarborough Road. Drive until the end of the road, where the walk starts. The walk can alternatively be started at the end of Ellis Road.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Timaru.

  • Area & Track History

    Tuhawaiki Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1903 by the Timaru harbour board, as the harbour light was ineffective.

    The lighthouse, also known as Jacks point, gets its name from Hone (Jack) Tuhawaiki, a Maori chief belonging to the Ngai Tahu and Kai Tahu tribes.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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