This walk is almost entirely on sealed roads and is suitable for buggies. Although a steep walk, your efforts will be rewarded with panoramic views over Paterson Inlet/Whaka a Te Wera and, on clear days, views of Mount Anglem/Hananui and Mount Rakeahua. Observation Rock is also a superb place to watch sunrise, sunset and if you are lucky to time it right- an aurora australis display.
30 min return from the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
From the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre, head towards the waterfront, turn right, walk along the waterfront and take the next right turn (Ayr Street). Follow the road over the brow of the hill then branching up to the left into Leonard Street. Follow the road as it bends to the left becoming Excelsior Street. Look for the Department of Conservation signpost marking the short path to Observation Rock.