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Truman Track Walk

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The Truman Track is an easy 600m walk that will take you around 1 hour. The Truman Track walk is along a good benched path and will take you out to a lovely beach. The walk begins in the beautiful sub-tropical rain forest.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 0.60 km
        • Time needed: 1 Hour
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 2m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The track begins in the beautiful sub-tropical rain forest of ferns, nikau palms, rimu, etc. Nearing the coast you pass through typical West Coast coastal flax flats before emerging onto a coastal headland with stunning views up and down the local coastline. A stairway leads down on the north side of the headland to a fine gravel beach featuring cliffs, caves, a waterfall and amazing rock formations. The beach is accessible at low tide where you can walk north and further explore the rugged coastline. Allow approximately an hour return, to fully explore the track and the beach.

  • Track Quality

    A very good benched walk

  • Hazards

    Unknown

  • Transport

    Unknown

  • Water

    No

  • Driving Instructions

    From Westport, take highway 67 to Reefton. 6 Km south, turn right on to highway 6 to Greymouth via Punakaiki. Charleston Township is another 25 Km. The next point is Fox River at 45 Km. There is a good walk into Fox River Caves, well worth the walk. The Irimahuwheri Bay lookout is also a good place to stop. At the Te Miko road turnoff, drive 300 Mt to the Truman walk carpark on the left, Punakaiki is just another 2 Km south.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Punakaiki

  • Area & Track History

    Unknown

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Truman Track Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Truman Track Carpark

If you are driving south, pull over to your left into the car park then cross over to the other side of the road. The track is well sign posted.

Point 2: Truman Point

When you have entered the bush, just follow your nose out to the beach. The short bush walk is full of beautiful NZ native trees. Along the way you can read about the native trees of NZ. Then it’s a short walk down rows of native flax bushes which were harvested in the early 1900 to make rope, sacks and mats. What a stunning little beach. If you walk out to the point at low tide you might spot the very large starfish clinging to the rocks. Then take the steps down on the beach. But keep an eye on the tide.

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Contact info

State Hwy & Truman Track, Paparoa National Park 7871, New Zealand

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