An upcoming Porangahau School fundraiser is offering people the opportunity to check out a stretch of stunning coastline bordering farmland rich in history, and features the longest stretch of protected coastline in New Zealand.

The Whangaehu Beach Coastal Fundraising Walk is taking place on Sunday, May 15 and comprises a 5km loop taking walkers on to the hills directly above the sea, then back inland before returning to the beach.

Over the past three years a 5km fence has been built protecting the land along the top of the hills that cascade steeply to the sea.

Started by the Herrick family at Tautane Station, neighbouring farmers, the Stoddarts and the McLeans, also contributed to the fencing that has created 90ha of QEII covenanted land.


Helen Stoddart, who is helping organise the walk with the Porangahau School fundraising committee, said the motivation to fence off the coast was to protect archeological sites of pre-European settlement, prevent stock loss off the cliffs and regenerate native bush.

At the same time the Whangaehu coastline walk has been developed for people to take in the breathtaking, panoramic views stretching from Cape Turnagain looking north to Pourerere Beach.

Below the sheer cliffs, the dramatic Kahutara Reef can be seen, made up of rocks up to seven million years old.

Registration is at 10am on May 15, with the walk starting at 11am. A medium level of fitness and walking shoes are required. Due to the steepness in parts, the walk is unsuitable for children under five. After the walk, lunch will be provided on the beachfront.

- Cost: $25 per person, children aged 5 to 12 - $5.

- More information: Porangahau School on 855 5340 or email office@porangahau.