Whitecliffs Walkway


The laying of the gas pipeline between Taranaki and Auckland involved an immense amount of heavy construction work and these operations created walking access to the dramatic forest and coastal country of the region. The walkway crosses open farmland (privately owned) to Mt Davidson, where it enters Ngati Tama private land. It then follows the pipeline route along the ridge tops before descending to the Waipingau Stream. Here you can divert from the track and return to Pukearuhe by following the stream to the coast (1.2km) and walking south along the beach (tide permitting).

For your own safety, do not attempt to walk unless you can reach Pukearuhe no later than two hours after low tide. 

Please also note that there has been active and substantial cliff erosion along the beach section. Extreme caution is urged as rocks will likely continue to fall at the slip site (November 2016).

Begin at the Pukearuhe boat ramp at the end of Pukearuhe Rd. It’s just north of Urenui and near the cliff top site of an old redoubt and military settlement. Park to allow access to the ramp and farm, and then follow the signs to the cliff top track. Cross open farmland to Mt Davidson and then follow the ridge top track across land of Ngati Tama, the local iwi. Descend to the Waipingau Stream where you can follow the stream to the coast and walk south along the beach back to Pukearuhe. The round trip is 6.5 km but be aware of the tide times. There are no exit points along this beach until you are back at the boat ramp.

Off the coast is the Parininihi Marine Reserve, home to a variety of fish species, large lobster populations and a colourful tangle of exotic sponges. Anglers can surf cast from the beach south of the Waipingau Stream, but the beach to the north is part of the reserve. The walkway continues to the Parininihi trig and then descends to the junction of the Mt Messenger Track leading to State Highway 3. This option is 11 km (up to 7 hours). 

Contact Details

Physical Address

Pukearuhe, North Taranaki

Postal Address

DOC, 55A Rimu St, New Plymouth