Monro Beach is an attractive, short sandy Westland beach between two rocky points, accessed from the Monro Beach Walk. In spring, it is a good place to sight the rare Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki), with some patience. Hector dolphin, sea lion, and seal sightings are also possible.
It’s exactly the place you would want to hang around for a while, but on the day the sandflies were too much. Instead, we grabbed a few snaps then got back to the safety of the sandfly-free forest. Other options include trying insect repellent, picking a sunny day with a bit of a breeze, or opting for winter!
The track car park entrance is accessible from State Highway 6, just past the Moeraki Wilderness Lodge entrance heading north.