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Karetai Track

Enjoy spectacular cliffs? The Karetai Track may have what you’re looking for.

Track overview

  • Distance: 4km return
  • Track Type: Walking & Tramping
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Time: 2hrs
  • Mountain Biking: Easy: Grade 2.
  • Dogs: Allowed.

About this track

Linking Smails Beach and Karetai Road. The Karetai Track is an old public road that winds through farmland and provides exceptional views of the coastline and the sheer cliffs lining the Otago Peninsula. A great track for an evening stroll with old stone walls providing great photo opportunities. For the more adventurous, the Karetai Track provides a link to the Highcliff Tracks and beyond.

Getting there

At the end of Tomahawk Road, park at the Smails Beach carpark and walk up Karetai Road to the start of the track. Alternatively, park at the top of the track on Karetai Road and walk down to Smails Beach.


Know before you go

The Karetai track is quite exposed and a wind proof layer is advised.

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