This short walk leads to a lookout with views of Mahau Sound, as well as the Kaituna and Pelorus estuaries. It starts from a car park 4.5 km from Havelock on the Queen Charlotte Drive, which runs between Picton and Havelock. We arrived here after a beautiful, but very winding coastal drive, after disembarking the ferry in Picton.
**It’s a new week and we are therefore back to blogging on New Zealand. As you have probably noticed, we are alternating between one week of South Africa stories, and then one week of New Zealand stories. We will be heading to the Philippines in December and the plan is be all caught up by then. We are, however, moving into an event-filled season, so we shall see if the blogging plan stays on course!**
Cullen Point is a DOC reserve located 4.5km from Havelock on Queen Charlotte Drive. From the car park, there is a short 10 minute walk to a lookout point, and a longer loop track that takes around an hour. Eli was sleeping peacefully in the car, after an exciting morning on the ferry, so Justin told me to go on without him. I wasn’t about to miss out on a lookout opportunity – so I grabbed the cameras and made my way along the short path.
Below is a map. There are, in fact, two track options. There are signs leading to both, and there is also a portable potty as the start of the walk. Man, I love New Zealand!
The lookout track is a short loop, 10 minutes each way to a lookout point with views of Pelorus Sound, Havelock, and the Kaituna and Pelorus Valleys.
Coastal Loop Track
The coastal loop track takes around an hour to walk, and passes through regenerating native forest. The track has fairly gentle gradients, which should suit most levels of fitness, however due to tree roots and being narrow in places, is not suitable for a child stroller. From different points on the track, there are good views of Pelorus Sound, Havelock, and the Kaituna Valley. Vegetation ranges from manuka scrub to tree ferns and beech forest. A wide variety of fern species are present.
This is an easy walk, even in sandals and a skirt. The views at the lookout point are great. If you walk around and look for spots with wider tree clearings, you are able to get a better look at the surroundings. I only saw a handful of people up at the lookout. It was perfectly peaceful out there, looking over Mahau Sound.