There's plenty to see and do when you explore the Pencarrow coast!


Pencarrow Head | Evidence of early Maori occupation, along with Pencarrow Lighthouse and amazing views across Cook Strait to the Kaikoura Ranges.

Pencarrow Lighthouse | New Zealand's first lighthouse, "manned" by New Zealand's first and only female lighthouse keeper.

Pencarrow / Parangarahu Lakes | New Zealand's last relatively unmodified wetland systems, lakes Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri are home to a unique selection of native plants, native fish and native birds.

SS Paiaka Wreck | A small steel-hulled steamer wrecked in 1906, one of hundreds of ships that are buried under the waves or sands along this coastline.

Baring Head / Orua-pouanui | An important site for Mahinga Kai or traditional maori food-gathering, and more recently significant for its World War 2 bunkers and lighthouse.


Bike: use a reliable mountain bike or hybrid bike in good condition, with front suspension. 
Tyres: use tyres that are at least 2.0" wide, with at least a combination road/off-road tread (but ideally off-road), and always take a pump and a spare tube so that you can vary the tyre pressure to suit the conditions, and be covered in case of puncture. 
Clothing: dress to the conditions (usually shorts and tshirt with a jersey in reserve, though you may wish to take thermals as well), and always take a light jacket. Closed shoes recommended.