Point Elizabeth Walkway
Point Elizabeth Walkway is a well surfaced, stunningly beautiful coastal/bush walk with spectacular panoramic views.
Perfect for families
Point Elizabeth Walkway is a well surfaced, stunningly beautiful coastal/bush walk with spectacular panoramic views making this track perfect for families and children.
While enjoying the sound of bird-life and amazing scenery you'll also discover a few sites of historic interest along the way.
Subtropical Forest Views
The stunning subtropical forest features nikau palms and mamaku (black tree fern) intertwined with supple jack vines and kiekie. There are also large podocarps like rimu, kahikatea and miro along with epiphytic northern rata adding a splash of crimson during summer.
Native birds such as fantails, tomtits, grey warblers and bellbirds are plentiful at any time of year.
Reach the Point
You can walk this track from the southern (Cobden) side or the northern (Rapahoe) side. About halfway (a little further if you start from Rapahoe, or less if you start from Cobden) into the track you'll reach the exposed rocky point lookout. Here you'll see incredible views south toward Mt Cook, north along a spectacular rocky coast and inland towards the Paparoa Mountain Range.
The track is mostly level, as it follows an old water race that built by 19th century miners used to sluice their gold claim. Much of the track formation also dates from this era, including deep cuttings that would have required considerable effort with pick and shovel.
Things to Know
Distance - 5.5 km One way
Difficulty - Easy
Restrictions - No dogs, not suitable for wheelchairs, mountain biking at night time only is allowed 1 April - 30 September.
Price - FREE
Mountain biking - Mountain biking is permitted on Point Elizabeth Track from 1 April - 30 September during the hours of darkness only. No mountain biking is permitted during daylight hours. That is 1hr before sunrise and 1hr after sunset. Bikers must use adequate night lights at all times. Caution and care must be taken to prevent injury to any native wildlife encountered on the track. Follow the Mountain Bikers Code.
Point Elizabeth can be easily accessed from Greymouth. To reach the northern end drive to Rapahoe on SH6 from Greymouth (about 11km). For the southern end drive via Cobden onto Bright Street, Domett Esplanade and North Beach Road (about 6 km). There are car parks at both ends.