Truman Track

Truman Track


37 Rankers Reviews

29 Face-to-Face

2 Punakaiki

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Marios Gavalas

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Stones - Truman Beach
Don't mess with the tides!
Stunning Beach on the Truman walking Track
Limestone Cliffs on Trumans Track


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.


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!


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.


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.


A waterfall disgorges over the bluff, straight onto the beach


Mats of coastal primrose cover the offshore platform.


Feature Value Info


DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastPunakaiki


  • Walking
  • Free


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Justin White

Ranking: 10/10

My favorite place on the West Coast, and favorite beach in the whole country. The walk is nice but the beach is amazing. The tiny pebbles look like shiny gemstones and there is a waterfall. The wakes crashing on the rocks and foaming on the pebbles is very relaxing. There is even a cave-like overhang to sit under if it rains. It should be on your west coast bucket list.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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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 over 4 years ago

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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 over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Jocelyn Booy


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 almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Shaan and Steven Baker


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 almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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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 about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Bobbie Swartman


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful easy walk down to the beach and crashing waves!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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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 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice, short walk through New Zealand bush.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice little walk through New Zealand bush.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed almost 6 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 about 6 years ago

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Douglas Yeates


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 over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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