Ackers Point

Name

Ackers Point

Location

Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Overview

Coastal walk to historic lighthouse

Grade

Easy

Access

Foot

Description

Starting from the centre of Oban, this route follows the coastline east along the road through Lonnekers Beach and least Bay to Harrold Bay where there is one of NZ's oldest houses (built by Lewis Acker in 1835). Here the road ends and you follow a good gravel walking track along the headland up to the lighthouse where there are great views over the bay. In late summer the attraction is Sooty Shearwaters (Muttonbirds) which return to their burrows in the hillsides at dusk, and Penguins can also sometimes be seen returning to shore.

Return the same way. Allow 2 - 3 hours for the return trip.

Getting there

From Elgin Terrace in Oban (the main road along Halfmoon bay) take the road east along the coast.

Other notes

(Do not venture off the track on the headland, as there are underground burrows which may cave in).

Length

3.70km

Conditions

4wd

Altitude

gain33m begin1m end34m

Last modified

28 Feb 2010 by ledzep

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