Hapuka Estuary Walk is a gorgeous little walk approximately 15kms from Haast along the Jacksons Bay Road (opposite the Haast Beach Holiday Park).
Described as an inter-tidal zone, the trail meanders out along boardwalks through the estuary waters with panels explaining the ecology of the estuary and life and story of whitebait.
There is a perfectly situated viewing platform to look out upon the estuary and the reed grasses blowing in the wind or on a still day affording great reflections of those reeds and surrounding native bush. Perfectly situated too for some stunning sunsets.
The boardwalk continues its meander through the saltmarsh before it loops round through the native forest back to the car park. There is a short side lookout giving views out to the Tasman Sea and Open Bay Islands.
A lovely easy short walk suitable for all ages, giving a good insight into the intricacies of a typical inter-tidal ( 🙂 ) wetland.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring all the little gems that make up this gorgeous region of NZ – West Coast, naturally.