Okura - Long Bay Route - OPEN
(North to South)
Low tide estuary crossing - check the best times for walking on - www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides
Caution: you need to make your own water safety assessment - based on the amount of recent rain, tides, currents, waves and your own confidence in the water.
NO dogs at Long Bay Regional Park
Dog restrictions apply on the beaches
Low tide route:
From the jetty or ramp near the Stillwater Boating Club (Tel: 09 428-2185), walk to the eastern end of Duck Creek Rd to the start of DOC’s Okura Bush Walkway. Follow this track around the coast, past the historic Dacre Cottage to Dacre Point. At low tide, it is possible to leave the track and walk out right out on the spit. It is possible to wade across the Okura Estuary at low tide (roughly hip-deep at the 4th white marker in from the river mouth) across to the SW end of the cliffs. Once across the estuary, dry off & veer around the SW end of the cliffs and up into the Long Bay Regional Reserve. Pick up the coastal track that heads SE to the Long Bay. (Note: This track does pass Pohutukawa Bay - a male nudist beach).
At higher tides or if you don't want to get wet, you’d be advised to continue on the Okura Bush Track until you reach a spit with a shallower crossing to the ramp at the end of Okura River Rd. Follow this road to the East Coast Road, turn south then NE onto Glenvar Rd. Follow this road all the way down to Long Bay Regional Park.
- Poisons & traps
- Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide
- River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
- Keep to the track
- Respect private land
- No litter
- No dogs at Long Bay Regional Park. Dog restrictions on beaches.
- No taking plants
- No camping
- Take all rubbish with you
- Use toilets provided
- Roadside parking only
- Toilets - long drop at Dacre Cottage
- Picnic area
- Shop - Kiosk in summer; restaurant operating all year.
- Duty Ranger 24/7 & Information Board on Park access road.