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Horseshoe Point

South Island, New Zealand

Part of this walk includes the road. The track round Horseshoe Point is undulating and mostly in good condition. Maintained by Southland District Council, it meanders along the coast from Bragg Bay, winding above secluded bays and crystal clear water. It descends steeply down to Dead Man Beach which, despite the name, is a pleasant spot to stop for a rest.
At the beginning of the track you can visit the lovely Motorau Moana Native Gardens. Views of Halfmoon Bay are available from a comfortable bench on a wooden deck here. Horseshoe Point is about an hour’s walk from Bragg Bay and is an ideal place to view Foveaux Strait. From the point, the track passes under huge macrocarpa trees, remnants of a former homestead site, and eventually finishes at Horseshoe Bay.


3–4 hr return from the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre

Getting there:

Follow Horseshoe Bay Road north for about 1½ km, turning into Bragg Bay Road just uphill from Butterfield Beach. The entrance to Moturau Moana is a few minutes along this road to the left.The Horseshoe Point track starts at the end of the road. The track emerges just past the entrance to the Resource Recovery Centre at the southern end of Horseshoe Bay. Turn left and return to Halfmoon Bay via the road.

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