Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
Easy 5 minutes return walk to a lookout, overlooking Takaka Valley and Kahurangi National Park.
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Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
Just past the summit of Takaka Hill (as we head into Golden Bay), we find a parking area on the right side of the road. Here, we cross the road and head up the narrow gravel path.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
This is an iconic sight... A Solly's Truck - and Golden Bay in the distance.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
A few metres later, we are here, descending the short distance to the viewing platform...

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
...with this view up the valley.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
And this nice shady seat...

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
...and this view down the valley towards Golden Bay.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
Returning to the start of the track.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
At the Golden Bay end of the parking area is this memorial to George Stott, who maintained the Takaka Hill road for forty years.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
No, even though we have been to the lookout, that's not the best view. The best view is over there. There is no really safe way of crossing the road to get there, so we just drive the car there and stop in the small parking area on the left.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
Stopping here is a ritual for a lot of Golden Bay residents.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
We climb over the roadside safety barrier and get this view up the valley.

Harwood Lookout, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

HARWOOD LOOKOUT - Kahurangi National Park
Looking down the valley, we see this view of Golden Bay.