Once home to a whaling station and bustling port, Tautuku Bay with its forest-fringe and long stretches of golden sand is more well-known these days for its slower pace of life, diverse wildlife, and natural beauty. 

Pull over and soak up the panoramic views at the Florence Hill Lookout. Or explore three diverse but picturesque short walks across the Tautuku peninsula.  

Tautuku Bay Nature Walk takes you directly onto the golden sands and sweeping expanse of Tautuku Bay. Or explore Lake Wilkie, a peat lake that is famous for its mirror reflections on a clear still day. The Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk winds through wetlands with wonderful views across to Māori tapu (sacred) land where the resident fernbirds are often easy to watch and hear! Which one will you try first?

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