The walk to Kaipipi Bay takes you along an old logging road. The surface is still in reasonable condition considering all the traffic that has travelled along it. The walk is not strenuous but there can be muddy patches. Suitable footwear is advised.
3 hr return from the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
From Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre, turn left and follow Main Road. Take the right turn at the airstrip turnoff and continue along Kaipipi Road until reaching the signpost marking the start of Ryan’s Creek, Fern Gully, Kaipipi Bay and North Arm tracks. Continue straight on here along the old logging road. At the track end a small grassy clearing looks out over Kaipipi Bay, an enclosed haven on the north shore of Paterson Inlet/Whaka a Te Wera. The track continues on to North Arm Hut, part of the Rakiura Track Great Walk. Return the same way, or make a longer walk by turning off via Ryan’s Creek.