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(45km from Waikawa) situated on the South bank of the Tahakopa estuary, offers a wealth of bush and beach walks. Early Maori camp site, Fishing, shop, camping ground and waste dump station, fuel. Also in close proximity are Lenze Reserve, Tautuku and Tahakopa Bays and Matai Falls.
Contact Forest & Bird for access to this reserve that gives a chance to spot some very special wildlife - forest gecko, green tree frogs, and 16 types of native fish species. From the Tautuku Forest Cabins (available to book ) three easy walking tracks vary in length between 1-3 hours. Form more information www.forestandbird.org.nz
Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk
This partly board walked track heads through podocarp forest to estuary flats home to a population of fernbirds/matata who are often herd but seldom seen. 30 minutes return.
Walk from opposite the Outdoor Education Centre on the main Chaslands Highway, or drive to the beach picnic area via the narrow gravel Tautuku Beach Road. The beach is suitable for 4WD only. 15 minutes return to beach.
This walk shows the amazing succession of forest development from lake edge to mature forest. Flowering Rata are splendid during summer. Suitable for wheelchair to the top viewing point. 30 minutes return. Florence Hill Lookout
This is a great place to stop and enjoy the spectacular view of Tautaka Bay and Tautaka Peninsula to the south; and Tahakopa Bay and Long Point to the north. It has become popular fir 'big wave' surfing competition.