Ship Creek

Ship Creek Viewpoint

Ship Creek Tauparikākā is between Haast River and Lake Moeraki in south Westland. This is an absolute gem in the Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area. It boasts two unique short walks – Dune Lake and Swamp Forest – a couple of viewing platforms, and a beautiful beach. It is also one of only a few places where you can easily access the coast as you head north to Hokitika.

It is well signposted as you approach on State Highway 6, with a large parking area. Next to the Ship Creek car park are the two-storey viewing tower, visitor shelter, and picnic area. The tower looks over the lagoon fed by Ship Creek and the dunes to the beach. The visitor shelter has a number of interesting information panels that describe the ecology of the area, including what you should expect to see around the adjacent Tauparikākā Marine Reserve.

If you are there in spring, keep a sharp look out for the Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki). Even better is the possibility of spotting Hector dolphins (tutumairekurai) from the beach over the dunes immediately in front of you.

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