This is a varied walk with coastal scenery, as well as forest and panoramic views.
In Riverton, on the western side of the Aparima River, follow the signs along Bay Road towards Riverton Rocks. After 400 metres, turn right at the signpost to Mores Reserve, then after 300 metres head right. The road bears left and becomes unsealed after a further 300 metres, then begins to climb for 1.5 km to the parking area with toilets and picnic area at the summit. The tracks are signposted from the picnic area.
The loop track is signposted from both sides of the carpark.
Follow the Kings Track, from where the track drops to the secluded windswept beach on the south coast of the Howells Point. Curious boulders are seated on wind-sculpted pedestals. Follow the yellow topped green posts back up the hill and cross the stile back into the forest. There are a few muddy sections on the climb to the junction with the track to the Hilltop Lookout.
The forests is of a coastal make-up, with kamahi, rata, ti kouka, matai, toatara and rimu the dominant trees.
Unusual features include the presence of peripatus.
To Ngai Tahu, the area was known as pukematawai (hilltop of many streams).
South Island ▷ Southland ▷ Invercargill
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