Truman Track

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South IslandWest CoastPunakaiki

1.4 km return | 30 minutes return

A short walk through lush forest arrives at a promontory with open views of the Tasman Sea. An offshore shelf is battered by the waves. Wooden steps lead to a steeply shelving beach with caves, overhangs and a waterfall. A powerful place.

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Timing

The beach is unsafe to explore at mid-high tide, or if a big swell is running. DO NOT SWIM!

Never turn your back on a West Coast beach. The rips here are particularly powerful and will drag you in instantly. Once you are in, you will never get out alive and anyone who tries to save you will probably also be pulverised on the rocks. BE WARNED!

Access

Truman Track is signposted 3 km north of the Punakaiki Visitor Centre.

Take care crossing the road to the track start from the parking area.

Track

Nikau palms, large rimu and rata then flax greet you on the way to the coast.

A bench by the coast is perfect for contemplating the power of the place.

The wooden steps down to the beach can be slippery.

Cavers on the far side of the beach make great exploring, but it is dangerous to travel further.

Geology

A waterfall disgorges over the bluff, straight onto the beach

Flora

Mats of coastal primrose cover the offshore platform.

31 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Ramiro Araujo

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful tiny walk through iconic NZ vegetation with a mighty Rata tree in the middle.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Andreas

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice short walk through the bush ending at the beach with a perfect view. Come here to see a gorgeous sunset.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

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Jocelyn Booy

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Lesser known stop - but well worth it. Great, slightly muddy rainforest walk to a stunning beach, carved stone steps and a pebble beach. Great waves. Definite stop worthy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Shaan and Steven Baker

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great little walk through rainforest to beach and view of the coast - awesome place to explore and get your feet wet on a sunny day.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Natasha

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Short walk but comes out to a beach all on its own, would not swim as really rough, but it is a nice place to go to, more enjoyable than the walk to Pancake Rocks.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Bobbie Swartman

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful easy walk down to the beach and crashing waves!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Caleigh

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

A gorgeous short 15 minute walk to a stunning beach landscape perfect for a sunset. Take a little wine and enjoy a secluded view of the Tasman Sea, Truman Cove and even a small waterfall onto the beach. Beautiful!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, short walk through New Zealand bush.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Elisabet

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice little walk through New Zealand bush.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Horitz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome beach with a small waterfall. Really enjoyed relaxing at the beach.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Nina Rittmann

Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful spots I have seen in New Zealand! 10 minutes walk to the bay! Cute little waterfall, beautiful sandstone and wild waterplay! Only negative aspect are thousands of aggressive sandflies!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Douglas Yeates

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent short track for all fitness levels, 10 minutes each way. Beautiful trees and ferns then breaks out to fantastic limestone wind and wave sculpted rock formations by the ocean.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Viola

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Cool short walk through rainforest down to the beach, you experience a lot within 30 minutes walking time.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

31 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Ramiro Araujo's avatar

Ramiro Araujo

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful tiny walk through iconic NZ vegetation with a mighty Rata tree in the middle.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Andreas's avatar

Andreas

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice short walk through the bush ending at the beach with a perfect view. Come here to see a gorgeous sunset.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Jocelyn Booy's avatar

Jocelyn Booy

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Lesser known stop - but well worth it. Great, slightly muddy rainforest walk to a stunning beach, carved stone steps and a pebble beach. Great waves. Definite stop worthy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

Shaan and Steven Baker's avatar

Shaan and Steven Baker

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great little walk through rainforest to beach and view of the coast - awesome place to explore and get your feet wet on a sunny day.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Natasha's avatar

Natasha

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Short walk but comes out to a beach all on its own, would not swim as really rough, but it is a nice place to go to, more enjoyable than the walk to Pancake Rocks.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

Bobbie Swartman's avatar

Bobbie Swartman

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful easy walk down to the beach and crashing waves!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Caleigh's avatar

Caleigh

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

A gorgeous short 15 minute walk to a stunning beach landscape perfect for a sunset. Take a little wine and enjoy a secluded view of the Tasman Sea, Truman Cove and even a small waterfall onto the beach. Beautiful!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Lisa's avatar

Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, short walk through New Zealand bush.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Elisabet's avatar

Elisabet

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice little walk through New Zealand bush.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Horitz's avatar

Horitz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome beach with a small waterfall. Really enjoyed relaxing at the beach.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Nina Rittmann's avatar

Nina Rittmann

Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful spots I have seen in New Zealand! 10 minutes walk to the bay! Cute little waterfall, beautiful sandstone and wild waterplay! Only negative aspect are thousands of aggressive sandflies!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Douglas Yeates's avatar

Douglas Yeates

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent short track for all fitness levels, 10 minutes each way. Beautiful trees and ferns then breaks out to fantastic limestone wind and wave sculpted rock formations by the ocean.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Viola's avatar

Viola

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Cool short walk through rainforest down to the beach, you experience a lot within 30 minutes walking time.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014