Monro Beach
Monro Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Monro Beach 1hr 20 mins return walk- 4.7km return. An easy walk through coastal forest to the remote Monro Beach. In Spring you may see Fiordland Crested Penguin/ Tawaki crossing the beach to their nesting sites, do not approach or follow these shy birds keeping a distance of at least 30 metres. Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Department of Conservation, Haast Visitor Centre before starting your trip. •Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly. •Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.
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James L
Los Angeles, CA188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
You might go for the beach but you will end up talking about what a magical experience the hike was - the archetypical New Zealand rainforest. It is a pretty long walk but you won't notice how long because there is something exceptional to see at each turn of the trail. Beware the beach, itself, because it is home to ravenous black flies. Don't expect to spend to much time walking the shoreline...
Written 2 December 2023
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Duncan W
Wellington, New Zealand349 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went specifically to see the Fiordland Crested Penguin. Good carpark, and lovely walk through the rainforest. It was a wet day when we visited, and we did get soaked. The track to the beach is flat and gravel. There isn't much at the beach itself and it can be pretty exposed to the elements. As others have probably noted, the sandflies there are vicious but the DEET I used kept them at bay and I didn't have any bits (despite many hovering around). Seeing the penguins is a bit harder (and not helped by the unhelpful/wrong information supplied by the local DoC office). The penguins come in at the right - there is a small sign on the rocks advising visitors to take photos from there but no further. At high tide there isn't much beach, and the penguins go quickly from the surf onto the rocks and into the forest - may be better to plan your trip for low tide in the late afternoon (5 - 6 pm) for a better chance of seeing the penguins on the beach. We did see penguins, but just a brief glimpse in wet conditions.
Written 30 October 2021
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victoria s
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Private beach with bush, stream and dramatic waves. Only accessible through a delightful bush walk. Penguins nesting.
Written 11 January 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review.
Written 11 February 2021
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RandiFayeC
Longwood, FL1,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
No penguins but this was a nice walk we took from The Wilderness Lodge. We also took the nature trail (they have laminated guides).
Cute "topiary" at the start of the trail - looked like Cecil the seasick sea serpent.
Written 19 March 2020
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Thank you for reviewing Monro Beach Walk. Unfortunately it would have been outside of penguin viewing season when you visited, I hope the unique forest and beach walk made up for the lack of penguin. Please note the laminated nature guides are only available to guests staying at Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, a NZ Native Tree/Shrub Guide is relatively inexpensive and worth investing in if you have an interest in identifying our diverse flora.
Written 30 March 2020
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Jon M
1,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
The main claim to fame for this walk is that it leads to a penguin colony. But it's a really nice walk anyway, through rainforest, and the pebble beach is beautiful. Not guaranteed to see a penguin, though I did see one. It stayed pretty stationary and you have to remain a long way away from it, but it was still a great experience. Particularly when it went swimming.

Beware the sand-flies.
Written 30 January 2020
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Written 4 February 2020
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buckeyetravel
Ohio330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you are traveling to or from Franz Josef and Wanaka or Queenstown you can stop on the west coast and do the Monro Beach hike. It takes about 1.5 hours round trip and the hike is mostly flat with some elevation changes. The path is well maintained and it goes through a coastal forest for most of the walk which is really nice. At the end of the hike you end up at Monro Beach where there are sometime penguins to be seen but outside of the nesting season it is hit or miss. We went in November and the nesting was pretty much done so although the people on the beach when we arrived said they had seen penguins they were now off in the ocean. The beach is a little hard to walk on as there are streams of water to make sure you have hiking shoes or water proof shoes (or don't mind getting wet) if you want to explore the beach. The parking lot for this hike is very small so if you get there late morning to early afternoon the lot may be pretty full and hard to find a spot. I think we arrived around 10 and when we came back it was full. Good hike to do and nice way to break up the long drive.
Written 11 January 2020
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Thank you for your review of Monro Beach.
Written 22 January 2020
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Barbara Cocolin
Dalton, PA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Only a few penquins there but a great hike into the rain forest. There are many ferns and trees native to New Zealand. We walked it twice and it was wonderful. Happened to bee there when there was a lot of rainfall.
Written 13 November 2019
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Thank you for your review.
Written 5 December 2019
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The trail is splendid for the one liking rain forest, birds and bird song. Many small brooks cross the narrow path, a walk through a beautiful environment. The path runs over a rolling area but never becomes steep. Finally after 50 minutes the path end up at a creek and a wonderful beach. We were looking for the pinguins but only saw two black oystercatchers and a gull. The beach it self is a nice isolated place, we enjoyed the view to the swell and the high and strong surf. Too bad we didn't see the penguins but the rain forest, the birds and the beach were more than worth the effort. Note: This place is a nature reserve and interesting for nature lovers.
Written 23 October 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review, its nice to hear you enjoyed the walk even without seeing the Penguin. Enjoy your holiday.
Written 8 November 2019
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tremm298
Boston, MA726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Just be aware of the sand flies near the end of the creek and just before the ocean. Bring or buy bug spray, they were not bad, just annoying and with bug spray, we were fine and comfortable. Look for tourmaline and you could find NZ jade.
Written 7 May 2019
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Written 13 May 2019
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Austrav55
Sydney, Australia180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
A little bit of up a and down on this walk but relatively easy. we don't like steep ascents or descents as joints don't cope well and this walk not too bad but beware of sandflies as with all West Coast beaches and best to be covered up and use DEET repellant as the sandflies will attack as soon as you get onto the open beach. Back in the forest they will leave you alone. it was an OK beach and OK walk but if travelling through the area we preferred Ship Creek walk and beach if short of time as beach nicer, usually dolphins there and shorter walks plus lookout.
Written 3 May 2019
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Written 5 May 2019
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