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Expansive scenery . . . A walker enjoys the coastal views from the main loop on the Tiromoana walkway. Photo: Supplied
By SHELLEY TOPP

Tiromoana Bush Walkway lies in a spectacular and remote coastal stretch northwest of Amberley.

The 410 hectare area of regenerating native forest and wetlands has permanent protection under a QEII National Trust open-space covenant.

Nature’s beauty . . . The view from the Te Ara Tawhai walk to Kate Pond in the Tiromoana Bush conservation estate. Photo: Shelley Topp

The rewards of that strict control are obvious on arrival, with bellbirds
swooping, singing and feeding on flowering flax alongside the carpark.

Transwaste Canterbury Ltd has set aside this land in the middle and lower Kate Valley for this multimillion-dollar conservation estate to create recreational, educational and scientific opportunities for future and present New Zealanders and tourists, as part of its Kate Valley Landfill development.

The Tiromoana Bush Walkway follows a four-wheel-drive track through grassland and shrubland, with some sections of shingle track through a pine plantation, descending 280 metres to reach the beach at Pegasus Bay.

Home territory . . . A Bellbird at Tiromoana Bush. Photo: Shelley Topp

There are six named walking tracks in the estate, providing something for all fitness levels.

The tracks are well signposted, some of which provide spectacular views of the scenery.

The Tiromoana Walkway can be reached by turning off State Highway 1 on to Mt Cass Rd, opposite the State Highway 7 junction, then driving 10km to the carpark.

Tracks may close at short notice due to fire risk, so visitors should always check the Transwaste website, at transwastecanterbury.co.nz for the walkway status before leaving home.