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The Back Beach & the Rocks 'Wetland' Oxidation Ponds Walk

Allow 7 hours for this walk.

From the sandy beach below Balancing Rock, head east.Follow the beach, or alternatively the fencelilne. Be prepared for a few muddy patches at times or longer grass.Most fences can be crossed easily.

About 15 minutes east of Balancing Rock is a large outcrop jutting into the ocean –shags nest here, so from November to February there is interesting activity amongst the birds. Howell’s point Beacon can be seen for some time as you proceed towards it.Nearby is the Riverton Rocks Oxidation System- a series of free-form wetland ponds and interconnecting drains through a developing pinus Radiata plantation, and coastal vegetation . Good foot access for public recreational use. Proceed onwards to Howell’s Point where the Reserve features sand hills, native flaxes and unique rock forations.Shelter shed and toilets here.Variety of sea birds can be seen all year around.
The sealed road commences here and follows the rocks highway and Taramea Bay Road back in to township.



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