Coastal Walkway

The award-winning Coastal Walkway is a 13.2km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki all the way to the eastern side of Bell Block Beach.

Coastal Walkway Details

Distance: The Coastal Walkway is 13.2km from Port Taranaki to the eastern end side of Bell Block Beach.

Sections of the Walkway

Port to the Wind Wand: 3.4km
Wind Wand to Te Rewa Rewa Bridge:
4.5km
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge to Tiromoana Cresent, Bell Block:
4.8km

Grade: Easy. The walkway is paved, with some gentle slopes. It is excellent for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, skating and scooting. Most people would be able to walk 4 - 6km/hr on the Coastal Walkway.

Location and access

The Coastal Walkway follows the coast from Ngamotu Beach to the eastern side of Bell Block Beach.

There are numerous access points along the Walkway with car parking available in several places. Use the Coastal Walkway map to find entrances to the walkway, available car parking and other facilities. 

 

This walkway is suitable for walking, biking, dog walking, mobility scooters, skating and walking with a buggy.

Mobility scooters

Electric mobility scooters are available to use free of charge from Taranaki Disabilities Centre Trust. Their use is restricted to the Coastal Walkway between Port Taranaki and Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Taranaki Disability Centre Trust on 0800 693 342 or 06 759 0019 or emailing info@taranakidic.org.nz.  You must show staff that you can drive a scooter and sign a declaration to say you're competent. You will also need personal ID such as a Gold Card.

Using the Walkway

The Coastal Walkway is a popular place to visit in New Plymouth, please be courteous so it is a great place for everyone to enjoy.

  • Road user rules apply, so cyclists must wear helmets.
  • Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash.
  • When it's busy, keep left.
  • Cyclists should ride with care and go slowly through busy areas

Access points and landmarks

Weymouth Street to the Wind Wand: 0.69km
Access to the centre of the CBD, Huatoki Walkway (via the CBD) and a playground on the foreshore

Wind Wand to the marker at the end of the bridge at East End: 1.7km 
Access to the northern end of the CBD

East End to Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park (by shop): 1.1km
Access to Te Henui Walkway, East End and Fitzroy beaches, Fitzroy township, Fitzroy pool and playground

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park to Waiwakaiho River Mouth: 0.96km
See the New Plymouth Golf Club

Waiwakaiho River to Smeaton Road car park: 3.8km
Access Lake Rotomanu, see the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, access the Taranaki Velodrome, Hickford Park and Bell Block Beach. 

Please note: The coastline around Taranaki is continually being eroded by sea and wind action and cliff faces can shed material from time to time so do not picnic, play and spend time at the base of  cliff faces.