Beaches, lakes & coastline
Ship Creek walk and Monro Beach
Ship Creek Walk is one of the best examples of swamp forest that you will come across and well worth stopping for on your journey along the West Coast.
The walk is signposted on State Highway 6 as you head along the Coast towards or from Haast. Located within an ancient kahikatea swamp forest, it gives a glimpse back in time to what much of the West Coast may have looked like prior to human settlement.
An easy walk through luxuriant coastal forest to the remote Monro Beach, between July and December the yellow eyed Fiordland crested penguin might be seen in the surf and on the beach, as well as Hectors Dolphins.
A second walk to a dune lake (30 min) winds through dense wind-shorn coastal forest stunted by wind. It opens out to provide magnificent photo opportunities from platforms overlooking Lake Mataketake to the sweep of coastline southwest to Jackson Head.