Whitebaiting in season and surfcasting.  There are trout in the Paturau and eels in most rivers and also in Lake Otuhie.  Whanganui Inlet from the Wairoa River is a Marine Reserve; Reserve information here.

As you head out you can fish the coast and either side of Muddy Creek, and the seaward side of the Wairoa, Banjo Creek etc but not the coast side. From the far side of Knuckle Hill fishing is prohibited on either side of the road with one exception.  Fishing is allowed from the Mangarakau Wharf and just ten mins drive from The Outpost See pamphlets pinned on the wall. 


Crayfish, paua, butterfish.  Experience and care is needed, this is a wild coast.   Your own dive gear required.


Bring your own vessel and delight in the wonders of a largely untouched coastline.  You can cruise much of the Whanganui Inlet and Big River further south if you have 4WD and trailer.  Lake Otuhie is very scenic and interesting, about 10 km south of Kahurangi Outpost.  Information on the Lake Otuhie walking track (on private land) can be obtained from reception. 


In our salt water pool (perfect for the children), the Paturau River mouth lagoon, or in rock pools on the coast.  Swimming in the open Tasman sea is for the experienced, as the coastal rip is dangerous.


The region is alive with scenic spots perfect for for any picnic.  Keep an eye out as you drive, bike or wander through the area.  With notice, Rose or Greg will whip up a great lunch .  Whether it‘s a romantic picnic for two or a feed for the family, we can do it. Enquire before arrival so foods can be catered for.

The Nugget Cafe

Makes a delicious latte and has great tucker.  Open in season. Mandy & Liam will do will do evening meals by arrangement with a weeks notice out of season (03 5248 051) or email them on

Surf or Windsurf

Many surfers gather at the Anatori River, this is for the experienced only.  The next stop could be Australia!

4WD Groups

Many 4WD clubs have made this trip.  Not for the novice, there is some quicksand and some of the river crossings are tricky and can be very expensive!  There are several other interesting possibilities for clubs and larger groups if under the control of locals.  Email us for details if you are interested. 

Read an account of Central Otago's 4WD trip.
See Photos of Blenheim's 4WD trip


There are many walks and tramps in the Mangarakau area.  Do not overlook those in the Mangarakau Swamp Reserve.  A pamphlet is on the pin-board.  For others see our link or ask at reception and guided trips can be arranged

Caving & Rock Climbing

The limestone cliffs abound in caves and holes (tomos).  All are on private land and require landowner's permission.  We can obtain that for you with notice, guiding you to a hidden cave which is suitable for the inexperienced. If you are inexperienced and want to do more then contact a caving club.  They come here regularly and will sometimes allow novices.

Mountain Biking

Many have mountain biked some or all of the Knuckle Hill walk.  Ask about the Viaduct Track.  The coast is hard work among the sand but very scenic and well worth the effort.

Bird Watching

Fern birds, tomtit, shining cuckoo, bittern, kereru, tui, pukekohe, korimako (the delightful bellbird), riflemen, fantail, NZ falcon, brown creepers, tauhou, grey warblers, toutouwai (robin) spotless crake, weka, kotuku (white heron), as well as an assortment of ducks, geese &  seabirds.  At night you will hear the haunting call of the morepork (NZ owl).  Photograph these and send us a copy.  We would love to add them our website!

Horse Treks

See Cape Farewell Horsetreks for trek information.  They organise a 4½ day horse trek to Kahurangi Lighthouse or if you are an experienced rider, contact reception and we may be able to arrange a beach/farm ride.


For data on Kahurangi Lighthouse see

Kahurangi Point Route

Official data on Kahurangi National Park