About the path
This walk has spectacular views of beaches, green pastures and New Zealand bush. Nestled within Mahurangi Regional Park
, this walk loops around Cudlip Point, varying between sea-level and climbing again to the top of the ridge for more beautiful landscapes.
On arriving at Mahurangi Regional Park, take the road to the left that leads to Otarawao (Sullivans) Bay. There is parking, toilets, water fountains and an information kiosk adjacent to the picturesque beach.
Once parked, start your walk by heading east towards the fence line and initial steep climb. Turn right to head up the hill and to the top car park. Here you will find another entrance to the Cudlip Point Loop Track that will take you to the estuary on the other side of the peninsula. This is a relaxed descent with changing landscape and views.
The track continues to wind its way alongside the water before climbing steeply back to the top of Cudlip Point through bush and grass paddocks. A detour at the hilltop takes you to the end of the peninsula for additional views. After re-joining the Cudlip Point track, it is a simple walk along the ridge, enjoying one spectacular view after another before descending back to Otarawao Bay and completing your loop.
This walk requires an average level of fitness and stability. Some of the track is quite steep and in places the gravel can be slippery. The grass tracks may become a little muddy in wet weather.
The walk is not suitable for wheelchairs. Fit and strong walkers may be able to take an off-road designed children/baby buggy around the loop, however parts are steep and so a lot of strength is required going uphill and extra care on the descents.
This walk passes through paddocks that at certain times contain farm animals. The stock and sheep are selected for their good nature however, it is important to keep your distance from the animals and even more so when they have young. Please follow any instructions from management.